Peacock Wrasse

(Thalassoma pavo)

Thalassoma pavo, commonly known as the ornate wrasse or peacock wrasse, is a species of fish belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key characteristics and information about this species:

  1. Appearance: The ornate wrasse is known for its striking and colorful appearance. Adults have a predominantly greenish body with blue and orange markings. They have a distinctive black spot on the dorsal fin base and a dark stripe running through the eye.
  2. Size: They typically grow up to about 20-25 cm (8-10 inches) in length.
  3. Distribution: Ornate wrasses are found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from Portugal and the Azores to Senegal, as well as in the Mediterranean Sea. They inhabit rocky areas and seagrass beds in coastal waters.
  4. Behavior: These wrasses are active and often seen swimming in small groups. They feed primarily on small invertebrates such as crustaceans, mollusks, and worms, which they pick from crevices and among algae.