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    I need an I.D. on this wrasse please

    So while I was fishing the other day I caught this wrasse off of a rock wall out of the Tampa, Florida area (gulf of mexico). When I first caught it I thought it was a lunar wrasse but when I came home and started looking up pictures it doesn't quite match up with a lunar wrasse. I've tried looking up all wrasse's native to the gulf of mexico and the only thing that came close was a puddingface wrasse but it's still not an exact match. It's stressed out in the pictures because I moved it from 15 gallon to my 40 breeder for now but when it's not stressed the stripes aren't so noticeable.







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    Halichoeres bivittatus ? Looks similar to some of the pictures for it, but then it has quite a range of looks so maybe not.
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    H. bivittatus could very well be it.

    http://www.bluereefphoto.org/p275373...61EB#h2bfb616d

    Puddingwife is the closest I could find. So many wrasse out there!

    http://www.planetneptune.com/PN4/tra...ish&CardID=143

    Have any shrimp or anything similar in that breeder? If so, you might want to move them out.
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    Thanks guys, I agree with the H. bivittatus, definitely no shrimp in the tank since that's what I caught it with.



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    he'd prolly eat the hermits too
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    Looks exactly like a juvenile Hawaiian Christmas wrasse! It is my fave fish in the world so am very familiar. Impossible though since you found it in Florida. Google the whole phrase and you'll see a pic that looks exactly like yours.



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    I thought that too but don't you think the head and mouth are a little off?

    Also, I wouldn't put it past someone to release non-native species into Florida waters. Unforunately it happens all the time here.
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