Wrasse is a marine fish belonging to the Labridae family. Over 500 species of wrasse are found in tropical and subtropical waters of the world’s three oceans (Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. This marine fish inhabits coastal areas, coral reefs, rocky shores, sandy seafloor, and tidal pools. Humans eat a few species of wrasse species. Due to their colorful bodies, wrasses are popular among aquarists. Some species of wrasse, such as humphead wrasse, have become endangered owing to overfishing and the destruction of their habitat (coral reefs).
Fun Facts About Wrasse
- Wrasses have small mouths with very strong teeth.
- Wrasses are diurnal fish, meaning that they are primarily active during the day and sleep during the night.
- Wrasses live in a large family comprising around 600 different fishes sub-divided into nine groups or tribes.
- Wrasses are carnivorous as their diet majorly comprises meat and non-vegetarian foods.
- Wrasses can at times become very aggressive, especially when new fishes invade their environment.
- These fishes live a solitary social life as they do not exhibit group behaviors. They rarely unite with other family members.