Info: Live streaming webcam featuring marine life, coral and fish including anthias and wrasse at the Aquarium of the Pacific in California.These colourful fish are all born female but if a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group will often change into a male to take its place.
The following video shows some of the different types of wrasses :-
Anthias belong to the grouper and sea bass family and are also known as the swallowtail sea perch or marine goldfish. They are found in areas with reefs in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Their bright colouring of pink to red with 3 yellow stripes on the sides of their heads, makes them very distinguishable and very popular in aquariums.
Wrasses are abundant in shallow-water reefs and rocky shores and are found worldwide, in tropical and temperate seas. Wrasses belong to the Labridae family which is the second largest family of marine fishes. Some small wrasse act as cleaners to larger fish such as groupers and eels, by picking off and eating external parasites. Wrasses are only active during the day and at night they seek shelter in sand and rock crevices.