The Rock Wrasse – Halichoeres semicinctus. In Mexico, this fish is known as Senorita Piedrera. Below is the female and male rock wrasses.
The wrasses are in the Labridae family, and many are colorful.
- Rock wrasses are colorful fish with large scales and very small mouths.
- Juvenile fish are green and turn more of a brown orange as they age.
- Adults are green or green orange on their backs with a yellow belly.
- The male and female species are very different. Look for the deep blue band just behind the pectoral fin.
- They are a smaller fish, reaching only 15 inches, maturing at 2 years and about 6 inches. They grow slow after reaching maturity – a 10 year old rock wrasse will be about 8 inches in length.
- They can live to be 14 years old.
Range and Habitat
- These fish are found from Point Conception all the way to the Gulf of California, notably seen from Palos Verdes south.
- They prefer to swim alone or in small schools.
- They are diurnal meaning they are active during the day, and sleep at night.
- Rock wrasse fish are not a commercially sought after fish.