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A bright yellow wrasse in the Gulf of Mexico off Tampa Bay?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by CuzzA, Sep 26, 2019.

  1. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

    Saw this guy while diving yesterday. I have not seen this species here before. I know some of our wrasses are yellow as juveniles, but I think the yellow headed wrasse has a blue stripe as a juvenile. What do you think? Anyone know the species? I'd guess it was about 4 inches and of course did a sand dive when I got real close with my mask mounted video camera.


  2. ryan115

    ryan115 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    Pictures didn't post.

    Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum) are bright yellow, check those out and see if they match.
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  3. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

    I think you're right. It doesn't have the blue spot on the dorsal fin, but it appears to be in it's initial phase. Those two characteristics threw me off. Thanks.

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