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Peacock wrasse (female)

Thalassoma pavo (female)


Thalassoma pavo (girelle paon in French, γύλος in Greek) is a very impressive colored mediterranean fish. It is hermaphrodite (females can remain females or transformed to males but some males can be directly born as males) Thalassoma pavo presents a very pronounced sexual dimorphism. In this spot you see the female colors, with five vertical green stripes and a black dot between second and third stripe. Look to my other spot for the male colors:


Rocky beach, Ionian sea greek island.

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ChristosMaroulis 6 years ago


Ioannis 6 years ago

Thanks Christo. It took me some reading to figure how to distinguish males from females :)

ChristosMaroulis 6 years ago


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Δήμος Ζακύνθου, Περιφέρεια Ιόνιων νησιών, Greece

Spotted on Jul 28, 2014
Submitted on Sep 8, 2014

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