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

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

Not a commercial fish, but a wrasse and a rainbow wrasse, if netted, could end up in a pot of fish stew.

Fish and seafood

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Etrusko25