Thalassoma purpureum (Forsskål, 1775)
Surge wrasse

These fast-moving wrasses tend to live on very shallow reefs, often with a lot of wave action, and are difficult to capture in a photo. The two upper shots were taken in one of the Kwajalein reef quarries by Christina Sylvester.

Juvenile coloration, below, is a bit different.

Created 26 May 2014
Updated 16 February 2018

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