Acantholabrus palloni (Risso, 1810)
Scale-rayed wrasse
photo by Svensen, E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses)
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 30 - 500 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Norway south to Cape Lopez, Gabon and including Madeira, Azores and the Canary Islands. Also in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.
Diagnosis:  Dark spot on upper part of caudal peduncle and in the end of the spiny part of the dorsal fin (Ref. 35388).
Biology:  Adults inhabit coastal waters near rocky or sandy bottoms. Feed on benthic invertebrates. Solitary (Ref. 2683). 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: 12 March 2008 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 16.03.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 28.07.11
Checked by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 12.09.95

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