UK Record Weights from
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore:
A well built wrasse, with it's deep set compressed body, and large head. The mouth is small and protrusible, but is extenuated by the thick fleshy lips. The large strong teeth tend to be rounded down with age. Long based dorsal fin present, with 18 to 21 spines on the anterior portion, and 9 to 13 soft branched rays in the posterior. The anal fin is shorter, with 3 leading anterior spines, followed by 8 to 12 rays. The pre-operculum is smooth, the body scales are large, and has 41 to 47 scales along the lateral line.
Colouration varies with age and sex, with young fish being a shade of green, whilst older individuals tend towards a reddish brown / dark green livery, with numerous small white spots all over. Sometimes dark bars or lateral white banding may occur.
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