Wrasse and Tuskfish; Labridae

Wrasse and Tuskfish are closely related to the Parrotfish. A numerous family who also have the ability to swim using their pectoral fins. They are usually brightly coloured and able to change their sex when they so desire.
Many species can be found by just snorkelling the reefs at our local dive sites.

Floral Wrasse; Cheilinus chlorourus

One of our more common wrasse, looks drab at first sight but actually has lovely colouration.

 Red-banded Wrasse; Cheilinus fasciatus

Also known as the Tomato Wrasse, for an obvious reason.

Tripletail Wrasse; Cheilinus trilobatus

Similar in colour shades (except for the tail) but larger in size than its cousin, the floral wrasse.

Blackspot Tuskfish; Choerodon schoenleinii

This beast is not a typical wrasse at all ! It grows to a surprisingly large size and is not so bothered by divers.

Wandering Cleaner Wrasse; Diproctacanthus xanthurus

Also known as the Yellowtail Tubelip; juveniles are more solitary in habit than the adults.

 Slingjaw Wrasse; Epibulus insidiator

A handsome fish with a protusible jaw, coming in a variety of colours.

Golden Wrasse; Halichoeres chrysus

A busy little fish, always buzzing around the reef.

Checkerboard Wrasse; Halichoeres hortulanus

A smallish, busy, reef-based wrasse with a fairly psychedelic checkerboard patterning.

Dusky Wrasse; Halichoeres marginatus

A somewhat shy and elusive wrasse, with a lovely dark blue/green colour scheme.

Bubblefin Wrasse; Halichoeres nigrescens

Misidentified by us as a Weedy Surge Wrasse, this reef dwelling fish is relatively drab when compared with its relations.

Indian Ocean Pinstriped Wrasse; Halichoeres vrolikii

We had this wrasse wrongly identified as a tailspot...

Thicklip Wrasse; Hemigymnus melapterus

A relatively large wrasse with radically different colouration when young.

Blue Razorfish, Iniistius trivittatus

Another Wrasse with an atypical body shape. Hence the name - not to be confused with the members of the Seahorse family.

Cleaner Wrasse; Labroides dimidiatus

They often have their own cleaning station and other fish will queue up there for their services.

Bandcheek Wrasse; Oxycheilinus digrammus

A medium sized wrasse that we see mainly when we go to more distant destinations

Cutribbon Wrasse; Stethojulis interrupta

A smallish wrasse that\'s not so common around Koh Phangan.

Moon Wrasse; Thalassoma lunare

Another divers favourite due to it's vivid colour and busy habits.

Other Wrasse

Only two rarely sighted wrasse up until now...