Very special thanks for the permission to use the wonderful photos of Labropsis polynesica to Dr. Mac Terzich, the owner of Pacific East Aquaculture and Becky Severn from Pacific East Aquaculture
Labropsis polynesica is a small wrasse associated with high coral cover in mid-depth reef zones on Central Pacific reefs and he is a a real head-turner!
The labrid is one of the most spectacular species ever seen.
The Tahitian Gold Flake Wrasse is possibly impacted locally by extensive coral bleaching.
This species is targeted for the aquarium trade, but we think that this wrasse is not reefsafe, the fish feed on coral polyps (corallivore).
Large females and tp males: Dorsal fin long and even, translucent with black edge; tail round in females and concave in males. Head dark brown; body pale brown with many narrow dark brown stripes.
Small females: brown with pale spot on each scale.
For experts only!
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Labroidei (Suborder) > Labridae (Family) > Labropsis (Genus) > Labropsis polynesica (Species)
a real head-turner