Fish ID: Checkerboard Wrasse

Wrasse checkerboard ci
Family Wrasse (LABRIDAE)
species Halichoeres hortulanus
size Up to 24cm
locality Open reefs and under ledges
behaviour Usually appear to be on their way to somewhere
range Usually appear to be on their way to somewhere

Mid-sized wrasse. ┬áHas green/blue-red lined face in common with many other wrasse, but has a checkerboard or ‘houndstooth’ pattern over most of the body.