Symphodus caeruleus (Azevedo, 1999)
photo by Azevedo, J.M.N.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses)
Max. size:  21.5 cm SL (male/unsexed); 17.5 cm SL (female)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 1 - 30 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Northeast Atlantic: Madeira, Canary Islands and the Azores Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 17-18; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 5-6; Anal soft rays: 7-9. Modal count of rays on dorsal fin 26 and anal fin 14; scales on lateral line 33-34; dark blue coloration of the males during spawning season (Ref. 35939).
Biology:  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: 15 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.09.00
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 03.10.16

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