goldsinny wrasse

Scientific name Ctenolabrus rupestris
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Labridae
Genus Ctenolabrus
Ctenolabrus rupestris Ctenolabrus rupestris


Ctenolabrus rupestris, commonly known as goldsinny wrasse, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    11 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Longevity
    8 year
  • Average size
    11 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Longevity
    8 year

How to recognize the goldsinny wrasse ?

The goldsinny wrasse measures between 11 and 18 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly rose and blanc body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The goldsinny wrasse is a fish living in small groups naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the goldsinny wrasse is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché

The goldsinny wrasse is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat caché. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    9 - 15 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 20 m

Biotope presentation

The goldsinny wrasse is most often found at a depth between 1m and 20m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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