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Checkerboard wrasse (Halichoeres hortulanus)

Published: 19th Apr, 2024


Three fish species that live in the Laccadive Sea, off the southwest corner of the Indian coast, are capable of using tools.


  • It is a fish belonging to the wrasse family. It is native to the area including the Indian Ocean to central Pacific Ocean.
  • The species feeds primarily on sand-dwelling gastropods, bivalves, hermit crabs, polychaetes and small fishes.
  • IUCN Status: Least Concern

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