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Lepa / East Atlantic Peacock Wrasse

Symphodus tinca


Adults are found near rocks mainly in eel-grass beds, sometimes in salty lagoons. Often gregarious. Nest of seaweed built and kept by male with one or more females spawning. Feed on sea urchins, ophiuroids, bivalves, shrimps and crabs. Rate of growth is slow. Undergoes sex reversal.


I have found it in the harbor. Range and habitat: marine; brackish; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 50 m. Subtropical; 44° N - 21° N and 18° W - 42° E


Considered as the most beautifully colored fish among the local fishermen, and it is a very tasty fish. Other names: Thrush Wrasse, Lumbrak. Useful site:

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Spotted on Jun 6, 2013
Submitted on Jun 7, 2013

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