Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

Labroides phthirophagus

Hawaiian cleaner wrasses are bright purple and yellow. These small carnivorous fish eat ectoparasites that they remove from other fish. Hawaiian cleaner wrasses often occur as individuals or in pairs and are territorial. They occupy “cleaning stations”, locations where other fish come to be cleaned. Predatory fish that would normally eat other fish the size of Hawaiian cleaner wrasses seem to value being cleaned and generally do not eat them.

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