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Wrasse, Bird (Gomphosus varius)

Wrasse, Bird
Wrasse, Bird

The bird wrasse, or birdnose wrasse, is a fish with a long snout that resembles a bird's beak. Juvenile fish are green and white with two black stripes along their body. Adult females are generally lighter in colour than the males and possess a light white-cream colour on the front half of the body. Males tend to have an all green body, ranging from light olive to greenish blue, with a red line on each scale. Adults have extremely elongate jaws, whereas juveniles have shorter jaws. They grow up to about 30cm in length.

Fun Facts... The bird wrasse's elongate jaws are perfect for picking out its prey from coral and rock crevices.  

During courtship, males become bluish and the green bar on their bodies intensifies. 

Location... Widespread in the Indo-Pacific, from the Hawaiian and Tuamoto Islands, to the Philippines, north to Japan and south to Papua New Guinea, Australia and Indonesia.

Habitat... Inhabits lagoons, coral rich areas and rocky and seaward reefs. Juveniles can sometimes be found hiding amongst sea grass.

Benthic crustaceans, molluscs and small fishes.

Least Concern

Wrasse, Cleaner (Labroides dimidiatus)

Wrasse, Cleaner
Wrasse, Cleaner

The cleaner wrasse, also known as the blue streak wrasse, usualy grow to about 10cm in length and have a small elongate body with a pointed snout. They have small mouths with prominent lips and a rounded caudal fin. Their scales are small and are brilliant blue in colour with a jet-black band which runs from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail. Juveniles are sometimes all black with a pale streak along the caudal rays. The cleaner wrasse can change colour based on their mood.

Fun Facts...

This fish is a cleaner fish and will be part of a cleaning station on the reef. They attract larger fish in by making strange swimming movements and then the larger fish stops while the wrasse enters the mouth and gill openings to remove parasites and diseased tissue. Amazingly, the larger fish never eat the wrasse and will readily open their mouths for a good clean!


Found in the Indo-Pacific including the Great Barrier Reef. They range from Queensland through the East Indies to the Red Sea, Zanzibar and Mauritius.


Inhabits coral reefs in rocky and coral areas and are also seen in tide-pools.

Carnivorous feeding on copepods and invertebrates.

Not Evaluated

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