Spots on dorsal and base of caudal fins are common in juvenile and female wrasse, cannot be use to differentiate species.Wondering now if my "Mel" is actually a vroliks? I believe he/she has the tail spot and mid body spot. I'll have to wait till the lights come up and he/she wakes up to know for sure.
I originally thought it to be a 6 line when I first saw it at the LFS, but was assured by the owner it was in fact a melanarus. When they are still juvi's and tiny, tough to see the differences if your not used to them.
Thanks for pics and knowledge guys!
No I realize it's not a 6 line, but as a tiny juvi and quickly glancing at it at the LFS, darting in between rocks, I could have swore it was a 6 line. Once he bagged it up and I could actually see it, I knew it was not.Spots on dorsal and base of caudal fins are common in juvenile and female wrasse, cannot be use to differentiate species.
These wrasses are not in anyway similar to Sixline wrasse. You just have to provide a good picture for us to see. Descriptions of these wrasse is really not adequate. Cases like these are truly "a picture worth a thousand words", even more.