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Family Labridae


Thalassoma purpureum

Female, Midway Lagoon, 5 feet

Male, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 5 feet


Male, Pitt Stop, Midway Atoll, 30 feet


Supermale, East Lagoon, Midway Atoll, 3 feet

SURGE WRASSE        hou        Kinu-bera

A large skittish wrasse uncommon on shallow reefs exposed to wave action.  Green females are nearly indistinguishable from the Christmas Wrasse except for the unorganized reddish-brown spots ahead of the eye.  Males have a large blunt head, greenish-blue with two red mid-body stripes.  Feeds upon small fish and invertebrates.  Attains 17 inches.  Hawai‘i, Southern Japan, and the Indo-Pacific.