This interesting member of the wrasse (pronounced “rass”) family is a common sighting on many a dive trip.
Shape-wise, the creole wrasse looks like a typical wrasse---elongated body, slightly forked caudal fin, and rear-trailing dorsal and anal fins.
The creole wrasse’s colors change through its life. Juveniles are almost entirely a deep purple to violet color.
As the fish ages, it develops a yellow patch on the rear lower part of its body. The tail fin also becomes a bluish or black color.
Their bright coloring makes them a difficult sight to miss.
Creole wrasse are common through the Caribbean, southern Florida, and even up towards Bermuda.
You’ll find them living on coral reefs, often in small schools.