Species: Doratonotus megalepis, Dwarf wrasse
Doratonotus megalepis Gunther, 1862
Body oval, strongly compressed; head small, upper profile slightly concave; snout pointed, low; mouth highly extendible, opens at front, thick lips; rear of top jawbone not visible on cheek; toothed grinding plates in throat; 1 pair of canines at front of both jaws, 1 pair at rear of top jaws; gill rakers 15-16; gill membranes fused under throat; dorsal fin with IX spines, a deep notch after the 3rd spine, not obviously notched between spiny and soft parts; anal fin III, 9; tail fin rounded; lateral line in two pieces, rear piece on tail base, 17 + 4 pores; side of head below and behind eye covered with scales.
Greenish, mottled with red-brown and translucent orange, and with scattered red spots.
Reaches 9.4 cm.
Lives in shallow seagrass beds, and beds of macroalgae.
Depth range: 0-16 m.
North Carolina to the S Caribbean; the E Atlantic.
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- Marine Only
- Inshore Only
- Water Column Position
- Submerged vegetation
- Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- Soft bottom only
- FishBase Habitat
- Reef Associated
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Mobile benthic worms
- Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
- Egg Type
- Pelagic larva
- Global Endemism
- Greater Caribbean non-endemic
- Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
- Regional Endemism
- Continent + Island (s)
- Island (s)
- GC non-endemic
- Climate Zone
- Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
- Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
- Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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