Fish ID: Bird nose Wrasse

Wrasse birdnose male ci fci
Family Wrasse (LABRIDAE)
species Gomphosus varius
size Up to 20cm
locality On the reef
behaviour Quite shy of divers - likes to keep distance
range Throughout the Indian Ocean to the Pacific

Recognisable by its elongated snout – looks like a tapir!  (In case noone has noticed birds don’t actually have noses!)  Males are bluey-green, females have a houndstooth pattern changing from white at the front to black at the back.  (This one is a male).