Saddle wrasse

A supermale saddle wrasse in Hawaii
A juvenile saddle wrasse in Hawaii

Saddle wrasses are one of those fish where the juvenile looks nothing like the adult. The top photo shows an adult supermale. The second one shows the very different look of a juvenile. These differences are one of the challenges of identifying fish. My fish book offers a wide variety of photos, but it can require careful attention to identify what I’ve captured with my camera.

7 thoughts on “Saddle wrasse

    1. Graham Post author

      Not sure how fast they change or even how long they live. Wrasses can live anywhere from 3 to 13 years. There is a mid-phase which is similar to the supermale, but not as brightly colored. They change into this phase when they’re about 2 inches long.

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