Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Labridae > Thalassoma > Thalassoma bifasciatum

Thalassoma bifasciatum (Tikitiki; Parrotfish; Doctor fish; Bluehead wrasse; Bluehead; Blue mah; Blue head)

Synonyms: Julis nitida; Labrus bifasciatus; Thalassoma bisfaciatum; Thalassoma nitida
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Wikipedia Abstract

The bluehead wrasse or blue-headed wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum) is a species of saltwater fish in the wrasse family (Labridae) of order Perciformes native to the coral reefs of the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. Individuals are small (less than 110 mm standard length) and rarely live longer than two years. They form large schools over the reef and are important cleaner fish in the reefs they inhabit.
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Maximum Longevity [2]  3 years
Water Biome [1]  Reef
Diet [1]  Carnivore, Planktivore

Protected Areas

Prey / Diet

Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin)[3]
Undinula vulgaris[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Aulostomus maculatus (Trumpetfish)[3]
Mycteroperca venenosa (Yellow-finned grouper)[3]
Rypticus saponaceus (Three-spined soapfish)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Discovery Bay; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Gulf of Mexico; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Montserrat; North Brazil Shelf; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Is.; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK); Western Atlantic: Bermuda, Florida (USA), southeastern Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean Sea to northern South America.;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
3Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
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