Surge Wrasse

(Thalassoma purpureum)
Thalassoma purpureum, commonly known as the surge wrasse or purple wrasse, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key characteristics and information about Thalassoma purpureum:
  1. Appearance: The moon wrasse has a striking appearance with a predominantly greenish body that may have a bluish or purplish hue, especially towards the head and upper body. It often has a darker band running horizontally along its sides. Juveniles and females have a more subdued coloration compared to males, which display more vibrant colors.
  2. Size: It typically grows to lengths of about 20-25 cm (8-10 inches), though larger individuals have been recorded.
  3. Distribution: This species is found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea, East Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, and throughout the central Pacific islands.