Cortez rainbow wrasse
|Cortez rainbow wrasse|
|Terminal phase above, primary phase below|
(T. N. Gill, 1862)
The Cortez rainbow wrasse (Thalassoma lucasanum) is a species of wrasse native to the eastern Pacific Ocean from Baja California to Peru, as well as around the Galapagos Islands. It is a reef inhabitant, occurring in small schools from the surface to depths of 64 m (210 ft), though rarely deeper than 25 m (82 ft) or shallower than 2 m (6.6 ft). It is generally very common. It can also be found in the aquarium trade. This species can reach 15 cm (5.9 in) in total length. It feeds on small organisms such as crustaceans, plankton and fish eggs, and the young are cleaner fish.
- Allen, G.R.; Robertson, R.D.; Edgar, G.; et al. (2010). "Thalassoma lucasanum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2010: e.T154954A4676318. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T154954A4676318.en. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Thalassoma lucasanum" in FishBase. October 2013 version.
- Photos of Cortez rainbow wrasse on Sealife Collection
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