Size8 inches (20 cm)
DietBenthic hard-shelled invertebrates, such as mollusks and crustaceans
HabitatClear lagoon areas and seaward reefs
- Undergoes a dramatic color change as it grows.
- Juvenile and female have a generally black body with large white spots.
- Adult male has large black spots on the soft parts of the dorsal and anal fins.
The axilspot wrasse can grow to a length of about 8 inches (20 cm).
- Diet consists mostly of benthic hard-shelled invertebrates, such as mollusks and crustaceans.
- Occurs in the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea to South Africa, east to the Marshall, Marquesan and Tuamoto Islands and north to Japan.
- Found in clear lagoon areas and seaward reefs in depths 6.5 to 328 feet (2-100 m). Juvenile is found in caves or under ledges.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Juvenile acts as cleaner fish by picking parasites off bodies of other fish. An adult will occasionally do this.