Bird Wrasse

Bird wrasses use their long snout to reach food on the ocean floor (mollusks, crabs, and similar animals) in hard-to-reach places. Male bird wrasses have a blue-green to violet-blue color depending on which region of the ocean they are from.


  • Scientific Name: Gomphosus varius
  • Range: Indo-Pacific Oceans
  • Status in the Wild: Least Concern
  • Location in the Zoo: Kipp Aquarium, in the Great Barrier Reef Fishes tank.
  • Cool Animal Fact: This fish is able to change gender from female to male if the dominant male in a group dies.

The female bird wrasse is a more muted color and lacks the bulbous shape on its nose, but has a similar shape to the male:

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