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Labrus bergylta (Ballan wrasse)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta) is a species of wrasse native to the northeastern Atlantic Ocean from Norway to Morocco, including the islands of Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands. They can be found at depths from 1 to 50 m (3.3 to 164.0 ft) amongst rocks, seaweed and reefs. It can grow to 65.9 cm (25.9 in) in total length (though most do not exceed 50 cm (20 in) standard length), and the greatest recorded weight of this species is 4.4 kg (9.7 lb). All Ballan wrasses are female for their first four to 14 years before a few change into males. Large Ballan wrasses are almost certainly male.
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Adult Weight [1]  5.276 lbs (2.393 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  7 years 6 months
Maximum Longevity [2]  29 years

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Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Azores Islands; Baltic Sea; Belgium; Canary Current; Cantabrian Sea; Celtic-Biscay Shelf; Denmark; Eastern Atlantic: Norway to Morocco, including Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands. Doubtful records from Mediterranean, Adriatic and Marmara seas (Ref. 4742).; France; Galician Shelf; Germany, Fed. Rep.; Iberian Coastal; Ireland; Isle of Man; Madeira Islands; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Morocco; Netherlands; North Sea; Norway; Norwegian Sea; Poland; Portugal; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom;

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1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
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.
3Feeding ecology of the white seabream, Diplodus sargus, and the ballan wrasse, Labrus bergylta, in the Azores, Miguel Figueiredo, Telmo Morato, João P. Barreiros, Pedro Afonso, Ricardo S. Santos, Fisheries Research 75 (2005) 107–119
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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