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Japanese pinecone fish

Japanese pinecone fish

Dusky grouper

Dusky grouper

Damselfish

Damselfish

Thicklip grey mullet

Thicklip grey mullet

Black sea cucumber

Black sea cucumber

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

The Cherry Anthias

The Cherry Anthias

Moroccan white seabream

Moroccan white seabream

Two-banded seabream

Two-banded seabream

Mediterranean rainbow wrasse

Mediterranean rainbow wrasse

Facts

LatinCoris julis
Size30 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans, snails and sea urchins
HabitatBoulder reefs and eelgrass beds
IUCN

Least concern

LocationEastern Atlantic and Mediterranean
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Changes sex when required

The rainbow wrasse is androgynous, but is not male and female at the same time. The fish starts out as female, but if more males are needed the largest females can change sex.

See the difference

The pattern of the rainbow wrasse conceals its sex. The males have a black patch and a red stripe on the side, while the females have an orange back and a white belly.


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