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Halichoeres garnoti - Yellowhead wrasse

Halichoeres garnoti - Yellowhead wrasse Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

The yellowhead wrasse is named for its bright yellow head that is evident in its terminal phase. Individuals in this phase also have a dark bar running vertically down the center of their body and 2 blue lines near each eye. Yellowhead wrasse can grow to 8 inches, but are usually between 5 and 6 inches in length. They are often found on shallow coral reefs to depths of 50 feet.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: Bermuda and southern Florida, USA to southeastern Brazil.


Habitat
Commonly found on shallow and deep reefs and exposed rocky ledges. Depth range 2 - 80 m, usually 4 - 60 m.


Diet
Feeds on crabs, shrimp, and sea urchins. A protogynous hermaphrodite.


Quick Fact
The yellowhead wrasse has nearly bucked teeth, which allows it to seize crabs and shrimp or to remove shelled crustaceans that are attached to the bottom.


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