Cuckoo wrasse (Labrus mixtus)
|Researched by||Paul Gregory||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Labrus bimaculatus Linnaeus, 1758|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandLabrus mixtus can be found in rocky areas around most of the coasts of Britain and Ireland.
Global distributionEast Atlantic, ranging from Norway south to Senegal, Azores, Madeira and the Mediterranean.
HabitatOver rocks and hard ground, and in the algal zone, between 2 - 200 m but mainly between 20 - 80 m.
- Male up to 35 cm in length, female up to 30 cm.
- Functional males have a blue striped head and back, the rest of the body and fins are orange.
- Females and non-functional males are rose-pink or orange-red.
- Females have black and white blotches on back.
- Elongate body with dorsal fin uniform in height.
- The mouth is large with lips made up of 7 -9 folds.
- Scales are moderate in size and rather smaller than the pupil diameter of the eye.
Additional informationThe goldsinny wrasse, Ctenolabrus rupestris, is similar to the female cuckoo wrasse but lacks the three dark spots at the base of the dorsal fin and has a dark spot at the base of the tail fin.
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Last Updated: 23/05/2003