Tag: Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)

Growing to a maximum length of around 14cm, the Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) is one of the most common small Wrasse found in local waters.

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sily distinguished by its slender body shape and colouration of white-ish body which turns blue towards the tail and yellow-ish on the upper forebody, with a black band that is narrow at the snout and becomes progressively broader towards the tail.

As with many other Wrasse species, Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse begin life as a female, with only one male in each group of up to 8 individuals. In the event of the male dying, the largest/healthiest female will change to become the within the group.

Studies have shown that the cleaning service provided by members of the Cleaner Wrasses group are of vital importance to a healthy eco-system.

The Cleaner Wrasse form "cleaning stations" to which other species come in order to have parasites and dead skin or scales removed.

In return for this service, the Cleaner Wrasse enjoy almost complete immunity from predators, with some even allowing the Wrasse to enter their mouths whilst resisting the temptation for an easy meal.

Growing to a maximum length of around 14cm, the Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) is one of the most common small Wrasse found in local waters.

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sily distinguished by its slender body shape and colouration of white-ish body which turns blue towards the tail and yellow-ish on the upper forebody, with a black band that is narrow at the snout and becomes progressively broader towards the tail.

As with many other Wrasse species, Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse begin life as a female, with only one male in each group of up to 8 individuals. In the event of the male dying, the largest/healthiest female will change to become the within the group.

Studies have shown that the cleaning service provided by members of the Cleaner Wrasses group are of vital importance to a healthy eco-system.

The Cleaner Wrasse form "cleaning stations" to which other species come in order to have parasites and dead skin or scales removed.

In return for this service, the Cleaner Wrasse enjoy almost complete immunity from predators, with some even allowing the Wrasse to enter their mouths whilst resisting the temptation for an easy meal.

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Teira Batfish (Platax Teira) with Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus)

Teira Batfish (Platax Teira) are one of the most approachable and photogenic of all local fish species, particularly when they break away from the main group to seek out the services of Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus) at a "cleaning station" as was the case in this photo taken at

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Malabar Grouper (Epinephelus Malabaricus)

A large Malabar Grouper (Epinephelus Malabaricus) seeks out the cleaning "services" of a Blue-Streak Cleaner Wr

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Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello)

For the many species that regularly attend a "cleaning station", such as those provided by the Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus), it is customary to inform the cleaners that they are not on the menu (for the time being at least!).

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Blue-Ringed Angelfish (Pomacanthus Annularis) with Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus)

A Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus) offers its cleaning service to a Blue-Ringed Angelfish (Pomacanthus Annularis) in this photo taken at Sail Rock.

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Teira Batfish (Platax Teira) with Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus)

This photograph from Shark Island shows the symbiotic relationship between a sub-adult Teira Batfish (Platax teira)

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Teira Batfish (Platax Teira) with Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus)

This photo, from Shark Island, shows a sub-adult Teira Batfish (Platax teira) being attended to by a pair of Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus).