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Coris julis (male) photographed near Livorno (Tuscany, Italy).
Photo by Stefano Guerrieri.

Labre (wrasse) is one of the most common fish families, with over 600 species, most of which are brightly coloured and recognized by their thick lips. They are known as ‘cleaner fish’ for nibbling parasites off larger fish (and like lumpfish, they are raised for salmon farms for just that purpose).

The wrasse and a rainbow wrasse (girelle) are notcommercial fish, but if netted, could end up in a pot of fish stew.

Fish and seafood

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Etrusko25