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Moon wrasse

Thalassoma lunare

Description:

Its length is up to 30 centimeters, although they tend to average about 25. Juveniles are blue on the lower half of the body. They have a black spot in the middle of the dorsal fin and a black blotch on the caudal fin base. As they mature, the spot turns into a yellow crescent, hence the name. The body is green, with prominently marked scales. Coloration of the head ranges from blue to magenta, with a broken checkerboard pattern.

Habitat:

MacKay Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

Notes:

This fish is in the lower left-hand corner of the first photo. Any ideas on the blue-spotted fish, anyone?

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lori.tas
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lori.tas

4873, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Sep 5, 2010
Submitted on Jun 20, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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