Centrolabrus melanocercus (Risso, 1810)
photo by Patzner, R.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses)
Max. size:  14 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 25 m
Distribution:  Mediterranean Sea: including the Sea of Marmara.
Biology:  Adults are found in the littoral zone, in rocky areas and seagrass beds. Act as "cleaners". Feed on worms, small amphipods, copepods, bryozoans and hydrozoans (Ref. 4742). Males keep watch over Cystoseria-covered spawning territory though no nesting is done (Ref. 4742). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Males build dish shaped nests and guard the eggs (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 26 February 2014 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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