Habitat: Kelp forest, rocky reef
Food: Crustaceans and molluscs
Length: Up to 40cm
Lifespan: 20 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)
Scotland’s most colourful fish, the cuckoo wrasse is at home in the kelp forest. Male and female cuckoo wrasse are different in appearance - females are pinky orange while males have bright blue patterns. Cuckoo wrasse are born female and then change sex and colour. Courting males display even brighter colours to attract females.