A nicely-coloured Baillon’s wrasse (Symphodus bailloni) from Southampton Water last week (Jan. 16th). We’ve not seen an adult in breeding colours in this location before; note the pink fins and mouth and black spot towards the rear of the dorsal fin. It does have a light spot on the base of the tail fin, and confusion can occur with corkwing wrasse because of this.
Around the head, note the orange blobs on a blue background, the dark-blue arc at the base of the pectoral fin, and Prussian blue colour behind the pectoral fin.
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