Goldsinny Wrasse Ctenolabrus rupestris

Goldsinny Wrasse
Goldsinny Wrasse
Goldsinny Wrasse
The Goldsinny Wrasse is native to the northeastern Atlantic, from Norway to Morocco, including the Mediterranean. It is smaller, narrower and paler than most other wrasse in its region. Usually a pale pinkish colour with lighter belly, its distinguishing features are two black dots, one just before the tail and the other, not always visible, just at the front of the dorsal fin.
Goldsinny Wrasse
Goldsinny Wrasse
Rock Cook Wrasse female
It reaches 12-18cm long. It is sometimes used as a cleaner fish for marine fish farms (eats sea lice). They can be brownish and stripey (above right), a little like a female Rock Cook Wrasse, Centrolabrus exoletus, from the same region, but the Rock Cook has a dark bar before the tail rather than the two dark spots mentioned.