Belted Wrasse

A belted wrasse in the waters off Hawaii

Belted Wrasses are endemic to Hawaii. This one is a supermale, and while it’s not the greatest photo, I like how the light illuminates its bright colors with the vibrant blue lines particularly emphasized.

Incidentally, I’ve decided to start capitalizing the creatures named in the blog. I think it helps when proper names contain words that can be mistaken for descriptions. Now all I have to do is remember this decision!


7 thoughts on “Belted Wrasse

  1. The Snow Melts Somewhere

    I remember these gorgeous fish from my travels there. But I admit I had to google what super male means! Apparently it can relate to fish farming where chromomes are modified to produce males but these are natural fish, right? Still a bit confused. Anyway, capitalization for clarity sounds smart!

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    1. Graham Post author

      According to my fish book (somewhat edited): ‘Individuals of most wrasse species begin life as females, and later in life a few transform into males with a different color pattern (supermales). These supermales hold a territory with numerous females in it. Should the supermale die, the dominant female changes sex and takes his place.’ Other species have similar situations. It’s sort of surprising that more people aren’t outraged about this kind of thing! Happy New Year to you and your family.

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