Five-Lined Wrasse

(Thalassoma quinquevittatum)
Thalassoma quinquevittatum, commonly known as the five-lined wrasse or the five-striped wrasse, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key characteristics and information about Thalassoma quinquevittatum:
  1. Appearance: The five-lined wrasse has a slender and elongated body typical of wrasses. Juveniles and females are generally greenish to reddish-brown with five distinct horizontal stripes running along the length of their body. These stripes are often blue or white and can vary in intensity depending on the fish’s mood or environment. Males have a more vibrant coloration, with a blue-green body and yellow highlights on the fins.
  2. Size: It can reach lengths of up to about 20 cm (8 inches).
  3. Distribution: This species is found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Western Pacific Ocean, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, New Caledonia, and parts of Southeast Asia.
  4. Habitat: Five-lined wrasses inhabit coral reefs, rocky areas, and lagoons with plenty of hiding spots and crevices. They are commonly found in shallow waters, typically up to 15 meters (50 feet) deep.
  5. Behavior: Like other wrasses, Thalassoma quinquevittatum is active during the day and feeds primarily on small invertebrates, including crustaceans, mollusks, and worms. They are known for their swift movements and agile swimming behavior.