Any of numerous often brightly colored marine fishes of the family Labridae, having spiny fins and thick lips and valued for food and for home aquariums.
Any of a family (Labridae) of percoid fishes having thick lips, spiny fins, strong teeth, and bright coloring, found esp. in tropical seas: some species are valued as food fishes, as the tautog, cunner, and hogfish.
Any one of numerous edible, marine, spiny-finned fishes of the family Labridae, of which several species are found in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Many of the species are bright-colored.
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Origin of wrasse
Cornish gwragh Welsh gwrachold woman
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Among the fish may be mentioned the tunny, dolphin, mackerel, sardine, sea-bream, dentice and pagnell; wrasse, of exquisite rainbow hue and good for food; members of the herring family, sardines, anchovies, flying-fish, sea-pike; a few representatives of the cod family, and some flat fish; soles (very rare); Cernus which grows to large size; several species of grey and red mullet; eleven species of Triglidae, including the beautiful flying gurnard whose colours rival the angel-fish of the West Indies; and eighteen species of mackerel, all migratory.
The reef is healthy and is peppered with sponges and a wealth of life, including angelfish, morays, grouper and wrasse.
The larger fish include humphead wrasse, schools of large batfish and small white-tip reef sharks.
Other fish included an adult Corkwing Wrasse, adult Blennies, and small bullheads.
Goldsinny Other wrasse have a ritual courtship in which the male prepares a nest.