Image Sue Daly - A male cuckoo wrasse Image width ca XX cm.
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Labrus mixtus is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Chordata||Sea squirts, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals|
|Class||Actinopterygii||Ray-finned fish, e.g. sturgeon, eels, fin fish, gobies, blennies, and seahorses|
|Recent synonyms||Labrus bimaculatus (Linnaeus, 1758)|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Labrus mixtus can be found in rocky areas around most of the coasts of Britain and Ireland.|
|Habitat information||Over rocks and hard ground, and in the algal zone, between 2 - 200 m but mainly between 20 - 80 m.|
|Description||A slim-line wrasse with a narrow long head and a pointed snout. The colouration of Labrus mixtus is different between the sexes and very variable. The female is rose-pink to orange-red in colour with 2-3 dark spots interspersed with white on the rear dorsal and adjacent tail fin. Young males are similar in colour to the female but lack the dorsal spots. Older males have dark blue heads with brilliant blue lines and blotches that extend along the flanks. The rest of the body and the fins are bright orange and the fins also have bright blue markings. Males can reach up to 35 cm in length and the females are generally slightly smaller.|
|Additional information||The goldsinny wrasse, Ctenolabrus rupestris, is similar to the female cuckoo wrasse but lacks the three dark spots at the base of the dorsal fin and has a dark spot at the base of the tail fin.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Paul Gregory 2003. Labrus mixtus. Cuckoo wrasse. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 21/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3600>