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Thalassoma bifasciatum - Bluehead Wrasse

Thalassoma bifasciatum - Bluehead Wrasse Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

The bluehead wrasse has a green body, a blue head, and two dark bars between its body and head that are separated by a white bar. It grows to 4-5 inches in length and lives between 6-80 feet below the surface. In their juvenile stage, bluehead wrasse are primarily yellow with a white underside. As they mature, they undergo dramatic color changes that end in darker colors.

Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: Bermuda, Florida (USA), southeastern Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean Sea to northern South America.

Inhabits reef areas, inshore bays and seagrass beds. Depth range 0 - 40 m, usually 3 - 30 m.

Feeds mainly on zooplankton and small benthic animals, but may also feed on ectoparasites of other fishes.

Quick Fact
The bluehead wrasse may act as a "cleaner fish" by removing parasites and debris from larger fish.

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