Tag: Pastel Green Wrasse (Halichoeres chloropterus)

Growing to around 20cm, the Pastel Green Wrasse (Halichoeres chloropterus) is a very common species in local waters and can be found at all of the shallower inshore reefs as well as in shallow areas of deeper, offshore sites such as Sail Rock.

Males and females vary in appearance, with the male being the more colourful of the two.

Adult males are light green with pink spots, which often merge to give the appearance of lines, whilst the head has a number of pink or green bands. A yellow "ear spot" can often be seen in the area just behind the eye.

Females are less colourful than males, ranging from a very pale, almost whiteish green to the slightly more obvious "pastel" green from which their name is derived.

They have tiny, barely visible black spots along the upper half of the body and pink/yellowish bands on the face which are less distinct than those of the male.

Some female individuals may have a distinctive, non-solid dark spot in the middle of the body, along the lateral line.

Growing to around 20cm, the Pastel Green Wrasse (Halichoeres chloropterus) is a very common species in local waters and can be found at all of the shallower inshore reefs as well as in shallow areas of deeper, offshore sites such as Sail Rock.

Males and females vary in appearance, with the male being the more colourful of the two.

Adult males are light green with pink spots, which often merge to give the appearance of lines, whilst the head has a number of pink or green bands. A yellow "ear spot" can often be seen in the area just behind the eye.

Females are less colourful than males, ranging from a very pale, almost whiteish green to the slightly more obvious "pastel" green from which their name is derived.

They have tiny, barely visible black spots along the upper half of the body and pink/yellowish bands on the face which are less distinct than those of the male.

Some female individuals may have a distinctive, non-solid dark spot in the middle of the body, along the lateral line.

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Pastel Green Wrasse male (Halichoeres Chloropterus)

The male Pastel Green Wrasse (Halichoeres Chloropterus) has noticeably different colouration to the female.

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Pastel Green Wrasse female (Halichoeres Chloropterus)

A female Pastel Green Wrasse (Halichoeres Chloropterus) clearly showing the tiny dark spots that are characteristic of the female of this species.

This also shows how the overall colour of the female is generally less distinctive than that of the male.

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Indian Goatfish (Parupeneus Indicus), Redbreasted Moari (Cheilinus Fasciatus) & Pastel Green Wrasse (Halichoeres Chloropterus)

An Indian Goatfish (Parupeneus Indicus) in it's relentless pursuit of food hidden below the sand.

As is often the case, this individual is being accompanied by two members of the Wrasse (Labridae) family which are generally bold and opportunistic feeders.