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Wrasses

Blackear Wrasse

Halichoeres poeya

These are juveniles:

   
(1-4: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)


Bluehead

Thalassoma bifasciatum

       
(1-2: Harold's Hotel, Roatan / 3: First Bight, Roatan / 4: Mary's Place, Roatan / 5: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 6: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 7: Anka's Place, Roatan / 8: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan)

In the fourth shot, the fish in the background are yellowhead wrasse.  Juvenile blueheads are more yellow:

       
(1-2: Minagerheas, Roatan / 3,6: CoCo View Resort, Roatan / 4: Harold's Hotel, Roatan / 5: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 7: Carib Point, Roatan / 8: Newman's Wall, Roatan)

Juvenile blueheads sometimes act as cleaners:
      
(1: Minagerheas, Roatan / 2: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan / 3: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 4: Neverstain Bight, Roatan / 5: First Bight, Roatan / 6: Valley of the Kings, Roatan / 7: Mary's Place, Roatan)


Clown Wrasse

Halichoeres maculipinna

  
(1-2: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 3: First Bight, Roatan)

In the first photo, the lower yellow and black fish is a yellowhead wrasse.  Juveniles have different coloration:

 
(1-2: Mary's Place, Roatan)

In the second photo, the lower fish is a juvenile yellowhead wrasse.


Creole Wrasse

Clepticus parrae

       
(1,6,8: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 2: First Bight, Roatan / 3: Calvin's Crack, Roatan / 4: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan / 5: Sponge Garden, Roatan / 7: Neverstain Bight, Roatan)

In the 6th photo, the wrasse were very interested in the end of the sponge.  I'm not sure why.

Juveniles are a more uniform purple color, with checkerboard-pattern spots on their backs:
     
(1,6: Calvin's Crack, Roatan / 2-3: Gold Chain, Roatan / 4: Iron Coast, Roatan / 5: Mr. Bud, Roatan)


Green Razorfish

Xyrichtys splendens

 
(1-2: Newman's Wall, Roatan)


Pearly Razorfish

Xyrichthys novacula

 
(1-2: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)


Puddingwife

Halichoeres radiatus

  
(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 2: Forty Foot Point, Roatan / 3: First Bight, Roatan)


Rainbow Wrasse

Halichoeres pictus

 
(1: Harold's Hotel, Roatan / 2: Newman's Wall, Roatan)

These are juveniles.  In the second photo, the larger fish are striped parrotfish.


Rosy Razorfish

Xyrichtys martinicensis

  
(1-3: Prince Albert, Roatan)


Slippery Dick

Halichoeres bivittatus

       
(1-2,7-8: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 3: Mary's Place, Roatan / 4: CoCo View Resort, Roatan / 5-6: Newman's Wall, Roatan)

These are juveniles and intermediate phase:
   
(1-3: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 4: Anka's Place, Roatan)


Yellowcheek Wrasse

Halichoeres cyanocephalus

 
(1-2: Iron Coast, Roatan)

These are juveniles.


Yellowhead Wrasse

Halichoeres garnoti

       
(1: Minagerheas, Roatan / 2: Gold Chain, Roatan / 3-4,6: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 5: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan / 7-8: Newman's Wall, Roatan)

Juveniles:
       
(1: Mary's Place, Roatan / 2: Minagerheas, Roatan / 3-5: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 6-7: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 8: Forty Foot Point, Roatan)