Symphodus tinca (Linnaeus, 1758)
East Atlantic peacock wrasse
Symphodus tinca
photo by Patzner, R.

 Family:  Labridae (Wrasses)
 Max. size:  44 cm SL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 15 years
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 50 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Spain to Morocco including the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
 Biology:  Adults are found near rocks mainly in eel-grass beds, sometimes in salty lagoons. Often gregarious. Oviparous (Ref. 205). Nest of seaweed built and kept by male with one or more females spawning. Feed on sea urchins, ophiuroids, bivalves, shrimps and crabs (Ref. 4742). Rate of growth is slow (Ref. 4742). Undergoes sex reversal (Ref. 4742).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Papasissi, Christine - 22.10.90
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 22.07.11
 Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 25.08.94

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