please ID this wrasse

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by warrmich, 2 Mar 2015.

  1. warrmich

    warrmich

    Joined:
    19 Sep 2013
    Posts:
    213
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    bluff kwazulu natal
    Hey guys...please can you ID this wrasse I dived out on sunday...he swims in a very slinky way, twistiNg and turning all over the place.

    IMG-20150302-WA0005.jpg

    IMG-20150302-WA0003.jpg

    IMG-20150302-WA0002.jpg
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. Lord_Blackadder

    Lord_Blackadder

    Joined:
    10 Apr 2012
    Posts:
    1,642
    Likes Received:
    131
    Location:
    Durban
    Barred thicklip, Hemigymnus fasciatus. Fairly common. Gets huge but stays peaceful. Here is an adult:

    [​IMG]

    My bigger one is about 5cm now and has the black bars already.
     
    warrmich likes this.
  4. warrmich

    warrmich Thread Starter

    Joined:
    19 Sep 2013
    Posts:
    213
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    bluff kwazulu natal
    thanks @Lord_Blackadder ....a friend told me it was a teddy bear wrasse...what is that? Is the Barred Thicklip reef safe?
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 26 Nov 2015
  5. Lord_Blackadder

    Lord_Blackadder

    Joined:
    10 Apr 2012
    Posts:
    1,642
    Likes Received:
    131
    Location:
    Durban
    Some locals call it that. Think you need to be hitting the poison pretty hard to think it looks like anything like a teddy bear. The name isn't used outside of Durban as far as I know, which reinforces the above theory. :whistling:

    They'll start taking out hermit crabs and shrimp when they're 7-8cm, but it'll take a long time for them to get there. The 30cm+ adults eat pretty much any mobile invertebrate, including urchins and starfish. They're not really nippers though, so I haven't had any trouble with clams.
     
    warrmich likes this.
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - please wrasse Forum Date
Wrasse ID please ID Needed 16 Aug 2015
Juvenile Wrasse ID please New Members 8 Mar 2015
ID this local wrasse please ID Needed 19 Sep 2013
Please ID this wrasse for me ID Needed 14 Sep 2013
Wrasse Ids please ID Needed 31 May 2013
ID this local wrasse please ID Needed 1 May 2013
id wrasse please ? ID Needed 22 Apr 2013