IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: wrasse (English), señorita (Espanol)
Halichoeres discolor Bussing, 1983

Variegated wrasse,     Cocos wrasse

Moderately elongate, compressed; enlarged canine teeth at front of both jaws (1 pair above, 2 pairs below), a canine at rear of top jaws; dorsal fin IX, 11; anal rays III, 12; pectoral rays 13; lateral line unbroken, but abruptly bent down under rear of dorsal fin, its tubes branched, except those on tail base; lateral line with 27 pored scales.

IP:  white (except head yellowish) with pair of blackish stripes on head and anterior most part of body; 3-4 large irregular blackish blotches on middle to lower half of side and smaller blotches at base or on dorsal fin; TP:  bright yellow on lower half of head, cheeks with two blue stripes; belly yellow; mainly charcoal grey on upper half, with reddish blotches along top of back; tail fin with yellow margin and pair of yellow spots on basal part; juveniles similar to IP, but with more white coloration and with black ocellated spot at middle of dorsal fin.

Size: grows to 15 cm, common to 10 cm.

Habitat: in rock and rubble areas.

Depth: 1-30 m.

Isla del Coco and Malpelo.



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