Cleaner Wrasse


Common name : Bluestreak cleanerwrasse, Striped cleaner wrasse

Scientific name : Labroides dimidiatus

Family : Labridae

Native to : Indo-Pacific Ocean

Interesting fact : Cleaner wrasses arehermaphrodites and can change sex when required.

Conservation status : Least Concern

True to its name, the cleaner wrasse cleans unwanted parasites and dead tissues on other reef fish. It sets up cleaning stations for other fish to visit. It has a lateral stripe along the length of its body and has a dance-like move to identify itself to bigger fish. Its lifespan in captivity is 4 years.

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