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Thalassoma lutescens

Supermale, Shinagawa Aquarium, Tokyo, Japan


Very rare on shallow Hawaiian reefs but fairly common in other parts of its range.  Females are greenish, males multicolored, and both sexes have a pink head with radiating lines.  This close relative of the endemic Hawaiian Saddle Wrasse occasionally interbreeds with and produces hybrid offspring.  Attains 9 inches.  Occurs from Sri Lanka east to Hawai‘i and Southern Japan, and throughout the Tropical and Subtropical Pacific.