Symphodus melanocercus

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Symphodus melanocercus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Labroidei
Family: Labridae
Subfamily: Labrinae
Genus: Symphodus
Species: S. melanocercus
Binomial name
Symphodus melanocercus
(A. Risso, 1810)
  • Lutjanus melanocercus A. Risso, 1810[2]
  • Crenilabrus melanocercus (A. Risso, 1810)[3]

Symphodus melanocercus, the blacktailed wrasse, is a species of wrasse native to coastal waters throughout the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. It prefers areas with rocks or eelgrass at depths from 1 to 25 m (3.3 to 82.0 ft). This species can reach 14 cm (5.5 in) in total length, though most do not exceed 11 cm (4.3 in).[4] It is occasionally taken in artisanal fisheries.[1]


  1. ^ a b Pollard, D. 2010. Symphodus melanocercus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. Downloaded on 17 November 2013.
  2. ^ Risso, Antoine (1810). "G. LIII. Lutjan. Lutjanus. Bloch.". Ichthyologie de Nice. Paris: F. Schoell. pp. 283–284.
  3. ^ Risso, Antoine (1826). "Crenilabrus, Crénilabre". Histoire naturelle des principales productions de l'Europe méridionale. Paris: F.-G. Levrault. p. 315.
  4. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Symphodus melanocercus" in FishBase. October 2013 version.