Brown Wrasse Labrus merula

Brown Wrasse juvenile
Brown Wrasse juvenile
This fish off the coast of the Canary Islands is believed to be a juvenile Brown Wrasse. The wrasse is native to the eastern Atlantic from the Iberian peninsula and Mediterranean Sea to northwestern Africa including the Azores and Canary Islands. The Brown Wrasse is not always brown. Young are paler and mature adults can be yellowy or greenish brown with pale blue spots; senior adults are blue. All usually have blue edges to their fins. They can grow to some 40cm long. (Although the Brown Wrasse has spots, the Brownspotted Wrasse is a different genus.)