Symphodus roissali (Risso, 1810)
Five-spotted wrasse
photo by Koutsogiannopoulos, D.D.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses)
Max. size:  17 cm SL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 8 years
Environment:  reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 1 - 30 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Gulf of Gascogne to Gibraltar including the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Biology:  Adults are found near rocks, mainly in eel-grass beds (Ref. 4742). Mainly solitary (Ref. 4742). Nest of seaweed built by male (Ref. 4742). Feed on mollusks, bivalves, gastropods, shrimps, sea-urchins and hydroids (Ref. 4742). Males grow faster than females (Ref. 4742). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 July 2008 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Papasissi, Christine - 22.10.90
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 22.07.11
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 25.08.94

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