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chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored
Any one of numerous edible, marine, spiny-finned fishes of the genus Labrus, of which several species are found in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Many of the species are bright-colored.
any one of numerous edible, marine, spiny-finned fishes of the genus Labrus, of which several species are found in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Many of the species are bright-colored
Origin: [W. gwrachen.]
The wrasses are a family, Labridae, of marine fish, many of which are brightly colored. The family is large and diverse, with over 600 species in 82 genera, which are divided into nine subgroups or tribes. They are typically small fish, most of them less than 20 centimetres long, although the largest, the Humphead wrasse, can measure up to 2.5 metres. They are efficient carnivores, feeding on a wide range of small invertebrates. Many smaller wrasses follow the feeding trails of larger fish, picking up invertebrates disturbed by their passing. Juveniles of some representatives of the genera Bodianus, Cirrhilabrus, and Oxycheilinus hide among the tentacles of the free-living mushroom coral Heliofungia actiniformis. The word "wrasse" comes via Cornish from the Welsh word gwrach meaning an old woman or hag.
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