Ctenolabrus rupestris (Linnaeus, 1758)


Ctenolabrus rupestris

Description: This species is the smallest wrasse that occurs in the waters around Britain and Ireland. Adults can grow to 18cm in length but are seldom more than 12cm. It has a slender body with a pointed head, small mouth and relatively large eye. It is usually pale orange or orange-red in colour with a black patch at the base of the first few dorsal fin rays and also a conspicuous black spot just behind the dorsal fin, in front of the tail.

Habitat: The goldsinny is usually found in rocky or boulder areas where there are numerous crevices in which to hide. It is most common at depths between 10-50m but occasionally it occurs in rockpools on the low shore. It is thought to feed on a diet of small crustaceans and molluscs.

Distribution: The goldsinny is widely distributed around Britain and Ireland.

Similar Species: The slender body and small size of this wrasse together with the distinctive coloration make it readily identifiable.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map: NBN map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Ctenolabrus rupestris (Linnaeus, 1758). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland.
https://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=ZG6050 Accessed on 2024-05-30

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