Bird wrasse


  • Usually occurs singly.
  • Feeds on small fishes and small invertebrates.
  • The elongated snout helps this species to pick up prey among coral branches.


  • Terminal phase:
  • Head blue green, body green.
  • A yellow diagonal bar near pectoral fin base.
  • Snout strongly elongated.
  • Initial phase:Upper head orange, lower head whitish.
  • Body grey anteriorly and gradually changes to black towards tail.
  • Snout elongated.
  • Juvenile phase:
  • Upper body green.
  • A black bordered horizontal white band from snout to caudal peduncle.

Common Name: Bird wrasse

Family Common Name: Wrasses

Family: Labridae

Scientific Name: Gomphosus varius___(Lacepède, 1801)

Maximum Length: 30 cm (Standard Length)