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Back You are here: Home Features Events and Features Fort Fisher Aquarium Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for July 18, 2012: Puddingwife

Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for July 18, 2012: Puddingwife

A puddingwife swims at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Puddingwife - The beautiful blues, greens and yellows of the puddingwife wrasse (Halichoeres radiatus), make it one of the most beautiful tropical fish. These reef-dwelling fish dine on mollusks, sea urchins and other crustaceans and range from the southern tropics to the Carolina coasts. Healthy populations of puddingwife wrasses exist all along the Southern and Western Atlantic Ocean. Like many wrasses, the puddingwife’s coloration changes many times throughout its life. Juveniles present darker stripes or dots to avoid predation. Adults develop a more blue-green coloration that may include pink or yellow highlights or blue scrawls along the head. Visit our puddingwife wrasses in the Sharktooth Ledge exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. To learn more about the Aquarium, visit our website at www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.