Image: Juvenile Surge Wrasse

Juvenile Surge Wrasse

A 16 mm SL juvenile Surge Wrasse collected as a larva in a crest net on the reef edge at Temae, Moorea, Society Islands, August 2010.

Suzanne Bullock
© Suzanne Bullock


Larvae of Thalassoma species bury in the sand to metamorphose, as this one has done. When it buried itself in the sand at the bottom of an aquarium, it was transparent. Six days later, when it emerged from the sand, it was brightly coloured. Identification was established by analysis of DNA in collaboration with Michelle Gaither of the University of Hawaii.

The fish is now registered in the Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection (AMS I.45368-003).

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Thalassoma purpureum, Surge Wrasse, Juvenile, Labridae,