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Wrasses N-Z

Thalassoma ballieui

 
(1-2: Turtle Canyons, Oahu)


Ornate Wrasse

Halichoeres ornatissimus

       
(1-2: First Cathedral, Lanai / 3: Pentagon, Kona / 4: Kanaka Nui, Kauai / 5: Coral Galleries, Kauai / 6: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 7: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu / 8: Dog Beach, Kona)

Juveniles are iridescent green:
 
(1-2: Hammerhead Point, Kona)


Peacock Razor Wrasse

Iniistius pavo

(1: No Name, Lanai)


Pearl Wrasse

Anampses cuvier

 
(1: Shark Pit, Maui / 2: Kanaka Nui, Kauai)


Pencil Wrasse

Pseudojuloides cerasinus

     
(1: Ice Box, Kauai / 2: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 3: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu / 4: Second Cathedral, Lanai / 5: Dog Beach, Kona / 6: Paradise Pinnacle, Kona)

Males are green; females are red.


Psychedelic Wrasse

Anampses chrysocephalus

     
(1-2: Ice Box, Kauai / 3: Turtle Canyons, Oahu / 4: Olowalu, Maui / 5: Second Cathedral, Lanai / 6: Harbor Ledges, Kauai)

These are juveniles:
 
(1: Dog Beach, Kona / 2: Sheraton, Kona)


Ringtail Wrasse

Oxycheilinus unifasciatus

       
(1: Pipe Dreams, Kona / 2: Hammerhead Point, Kona / 3-4: Pentagon, Kona / 5: Second Cathedral, Lanai / 6: No Name, Lanai / 7-8: Sheraton, Kona)


Rockmover Wrasse

(aka Dragon Wrasse)
Novaculichthys taeniourus

      
(1-2,4: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 3: Tortugas, Kauai / 5-6: Turtle Canyons, Oahu / 7: Skull Cave, Kona)

Juveniles are frilly and spotted.  You can see why an alternate common name is dragon wrasse.
       
(1: First Cathedral, Lanai / 2-4: Golden Arches, Kona / 5-6: High Rock, Kona / 7-8: Moray Eel Cove, Kona)


Saddle Wrasse

Thalassoma duperray

       
(1-2: Shark Pit, Maui / 3: Pipe Dreams, Kona / 4: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 5: Menpachi Caves, Lanai / 6: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 7-8: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu)

The more dominant the male, the whiter the stripe.

Juveniles are striped the other direction.  The first one is hanging out with some blackfin chromis; the second, with an adult:
  
(1: Menpachi Caves, Lanai / 2: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 3: Kanaka Nui, Kauai)

These are transitional juveniles where both vertical and horizontal stripes are visible.  The second shot also has a juvenile.
 
(1: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai / 2: Mala Pier, Maui)


Shortnose Wrasse

Macropharyngodon geoffroy

      
(1: Tortugas, Kauai / 2-3: Coral Galleries, Kauai / 4: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai / 5-6: Corsair, Oahu / 7: Reef's End, Molokini)

These are juveniles:
  
(1: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai / 2: Tortugas, Kauai / 3: Harbor Ledges, Kauai)


Twospot Wrasse

Oxycheilinus bimaculatus

This is a juvenile:
 
(1-2: Camp One, Kauai)


Yellowtail Coris

Coris gaimard

       
(1: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 2-3: Golden Arches, Kona / 4: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu / 5: Turtle Canyons, Oahu / 6: Mala Pier, Maui / 7-8: Skull Cave, Kona)

Juveniles start out red and white, and gradually acquire the blue rear and yellow tail:
       
(1-2: Reef's End, Molokini / 3: Enenue, Molokini / 4-5: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 6: Dog Beach, Kona / 7: Skull Cave, Kona / 8: Sheraton, Kona)