I took this shot on a shore dive in Kona Hawaii. The depth was 20 feet. I believe the single fish in the center is a Disappearing Wrasse, but am not sure.
The other fish are Blackfin Chromis.
Your mystery is not a dissapearing wrasse, but rather a young saddle wrasse, changing from juv colors to adult. Great picture!
Christy Semmens, REEF Director of Science
The wrasses are a difficult bunch, changing colors and sex- seems like they were made to frustrate fish watchers trying to ID them.
I am glad you liked the photo, it was not easy to get, the little guy was very shy and would not hold still for more than a second or so.
REEF Headquarters | P.O. Box 370246 | 98300 Overseas Hwy | Key Largo, FL 33037 | USA Phone: 305-852-0030 | Fax: 305-852-0301 | email: REEFHQ@REEF.org