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    Goldsinny
 
Common Name(s):
  Goldsinny
  Salmon Wrasse
Scientific Name:
                Ctenolabrus rupestris
Family:  Labriidae 
Usual Size:
to  14 cm (occasionally larger)
                                Photograph by Andy Horton 
Identification:
Brown to orange-red, with a dark spot on both the head end of the dorsal fin and in front of the upper margin of the tail fin. 

Similar species: 
Breeding: 
Spawns in mid-water, Sjölander et al., 1972. Eggs planktonic. 

Habitat:
 

No BMLSS reports of this fish intertidally, for young or adult. 
Food:
Small crustcaeans 
Range:

Bionomics:

References:
"Wrasse -biology and use in aquaculture (eds Sayer, M.D.J., Treasurer, J.W & Costello, M.J.)" which contains several papers on distribution/observations on wrasse in
British waters.
I work on a Ph.D on wrasse in Noway.
Sincerely
Anne-Mette Kvenseth   EMail:  anne-mette.kvenseth@ifm.uib.no
 

Additional Notes:
Used in Salmon Cages to remove salmon lice with differing degrees of success. 
Survives well in captivity, but it will fight with its own species to the death in small aquaria. 

Jon Makeham reported a adult Goldsinny washed up freshly dead on the shore at Looe in February 1999.

Reports:
A Goldsinny was caught on a baited hook to fishing out of Carlingford Lough in Ireland, was all of 10 cm (4 inches long), and had the black mark on top before the tail.


Biomar Photograph

Wrasse Page

Information wanted: Please send any records of this fish, with location, date, who discovered it, how it was identified, prevalence, common name and any other details to 
Shorewatch Project EMail Glaucus@hotmail.com. 

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