Lined Wrasse

(Anampses lineatus)

Anampses lineatus is the scientific name for the lined wrasse, a colorful and distinctive species of fish found in the Indo-Pacific region. Here are some key features and information about Anampses lineatus:

  1. Appearance: Lined wrasses are known for their vibrant colors and striking patterns. They have a slender body with a pointed snout and typically display a combination of blue, green, yellow, and pink hues. Their body is marked with horizontal lines and spots, giving them a unique and attractive appearance.
  2. Size: They generally grow up to about 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) in length.
  3. Distribution: Anampses lineatus is found throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea, East Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, and across to the western and central Pacific Ocean.
  4. Habitat: These wrasses inhabit coral reefs and lagoons, preferring areas with rich coral growth and clear, warm waters. They are typically found in relatively shallow depths, up to about 30 meters (100 feet).
  5. Behavior: Lined wrasses are active during the day (diurnal) and feed primarily on small invertebrates such as crustaceans, mollusks, and worms. They use their pointed snouts to search for prey among crevices and coral rubble.
  6. Social Structure: They are generally solitary or found in small groups, and like many wrasses, they may change sex during their lifetime (protogynous hermaphrodites).
  7. Conservation: While Anampses lineatus is not typically targeted by fisheries, they may face threats from habitat degr