The huge number of species in the family Labridae (wrasses) embraces every imaginable colour across the spectrum, and a variety of body shapes. Many of these remain small or medium sized, and peaceful, making them an ideal group to choose from for pretty, uncomplicated, aquarium fish.
The elongated snout of the Green Bird Wrasse (gomphosus verius) is most distinctive and sets the few species that carry this feature apart from the numerous other wrasse forms. A brown species is more frequently available to the hobby.
The Clown Wrasse (coris gaimard) is charming as a juvenile, but matures into this magnificent highly coloured and beautifully marked fish. It is an interesting experience to watch this transition take place in the aquarium.