Creole Wrasse GALLERY

Clepticus parrae

They almost look like parrotfish. They swim with their pectoral fins (their side fins) rather than with their tails like snappers do. I've only seen a school once before, also far out on a point along a deep wall, where they form these large groups and feed on plankton. They can grow to almost a foot long. The only other members of the wrasse family that are larger are the Hogfishes and the Puddingwife. The ones with the yellow to reddish area on the rear of the body are older fish. Unlike other wrasse and parrotfish, the creole wrasse does not have a distinct color phase for sexually mature males.

Creole Wrasse - Clepticus parrae
Creole Wrasse - Clepticus parrae
Creole Wrasse - Clepticus parrae
Creole Wrasse - Clepticus parrae
Creole Wrasse - Clepticus parrae

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