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Six-bar wrasse Thalassoma hardwicke

Fast facts

  • Conservation status: Least Concern
  • A rare find in South African waters
  • Juveniles hide in seagrass beds

Six-bar wrasse are rare in South African waters.

They are found in intertidal pools, tropical lagoons and offshore reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific.

Juveniles tend to hide in small groups amongst seagrass and algae, while adults are solitary but group together before mating.