any of various marine fishes of the family Labridae, especially of the genus Labrus, having thick, fleshy lips, powerful teeth, and usually a brilliant color, certain species being valued as food fishes.
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How to use wrasse in a sentence
“That is quite a bit of biodiversity,” says Tea, who notes that new fairy wrasse species are identified every year.
Comparing DNA across species, the researchers reconstructed an evolutionary tree, showing how the dozens of fairy wrasse species are interrelated.
Fairy wrasses diverged from other wrasses about 12 million years ago in the Miocene Epoch, the researchers found.
Fairy wrasses are swimming jewels, flitting and flouncing about coral reefs.
The rising and falling seas could act like a “species pump,” Tea explains, creating new fairy wrasse species and churning them out into the world every time the barrier dissolved.
Common British species are the ballan-wrasse, the red wrasse, and the gibbous wrasse.
The wrasse brought from dangerous Syrtis is much more esteemed When fishing-boats founder!The Satyricon, Complete | Petronius Arbiter
The wrasse has been retaken after a considerable period; therefore it is not dead.
wrasse From Sicily brought to their table, alive in his own Sea water.The Satyricon, Complete | Petronius Arbiter
British Dictionary definitions for wrasse
any marine percoid fish of the family Labridae, of tropical and temperate seas, having thick lips, strong teeth, and usually a bright coloration: many are used as food fishes
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