Three of a kind
There are other cleaners in the genus Labroides, as well as ‘part time’ cleaner wrasse species.
The BICOLOUR WRASSE, Labroides bicolor, from the Indo-pacific, grows to 15cm/6in. There are several geographic colour variants. It does form cleaning stations, but may actively scour the reef touting for business. A challenging, obligate cleaner.
The BLACKSPOT CLEANER WRASSE, Labroides pectoralis, is another challenging species. It hails from the Western Pacific and grows to 10cm/4in. There are several colour morphs, but the common name is derived from the dark spot near the pectoral fins.
The FOURLINED CLEANER WRASSE, Larabicus quadrilineatus, is a Red Sea endemic that reaches around 11cm/4.2in. While juveniles of this species act as cleaners, the adult fishes’ diet includes coral polyps, making them risky additions to a reef tank.