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Thalassoma trilobatum

Supermale, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Supermale, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 5 feet

Makapu'u tidepool, Oahu

 

Female, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 5 feet

Female, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 5 feet

CHRISTMAS WRASSE     ‘awela      Ryugu-bera

Locally common on shallow reefs exposed to wave action.  Green females are nearly indistinguishable from the Surge Wrasse except for a nearly oval red-brown mark ahead of the eye.  Supermales are salmon-colored with two rows of green scales edged with blue.  Feeds upon invertebrates.  Attains 12 inches.  Hawai‘i and the Indo-Pacific.  Females were formerly known as Thalassoma unbrostygma, males as Thalassoma fuscum.