TAXONOMY
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order:Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family:Labridae (Wrasses)

Halichoeres prosopeion

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Adults green-blue in front fading to light yellow behind. A dark spot behind the eye; dorsal fin with large black spot near the front. Unlike most wrasses, no obvious differences between sexes. Max. size: 13 cm (5 inches).

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Western Pacific; east to Indonesia and Sumatra, north to southern Japan, south to Great Barrier Reef. Habitat: Lagoons and seaward reefs. Depth range 2 – 40 m (6.5 -130 feet).

DIET IN THE WILD: Small crabs, shrimps, worms, and other benthic invertebrates.

REMARKS: Like many wrasses, quickly buries in sand when threatened or alarmed.

IUCN Least concern

Philippine Coral Reef PR04

Taken on 02/01/2010, 9-12-12, 1-31-14

References
flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/13572020553/edit-details/

WordPress shortlink

fishbase http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Halichoeres-prosopeion.html

EOL eol.org/pages/211449/details