Luciferia wrasse (Acantholabrus palloni)
Luciferia wrasse is the only representative of the genus Acantholabrus family of wrasses. In the hands of a human, this fish is rarely, however, does not say anything about its rarity, but rather testifies to the secretive way of life. The first species was described in detail in the ordered coursework in 1810, Risso scientists.
Luciferia wrasse inhabits only the North-East Atlantic. Its range extends from the southern coast of Norway, and then along the entire Western coast of Europe and Africa, up to the Canary Islands.
Typical habitat for the ray-finned wrasse are rocky bottom at depths from 18 to 60 meters, although there are cases when he was met at a depth of 250 meters. Fragments of rock and natural clefts give the wrasse a chance to hide from enemies and prying eyes.Luciferia wrasse
The body of the elongated ray-finned wrasse (up to 27 cm in length), laterally compressed. Head relatively large, as well as the mouth and eyes. Back and sides painted in red-brown above the lateral line there are some bright spots; the belly light, almost white. The lateral line is clearly visible, sharply curving at the massive tail.Luciferia wrasse
Dorsal fin extending along the entire ridge consists of two dozen hard, some rays, and just next to the tail light like ordinary fish fin. The anal fin is small, but consists of rays of two types – hard and soft. At the base of the caudal fin and rear dorsal on a clearly marked black spot. Young individuals may not have some of these signs, which sometimes are attributed to other types of wrasses.
About the life and habits of ray-finned wrasse almost nothing is known. It is assumed that the primary prey is crustaceans, worms and molluscs. During the breeding season the males build at the bottom a sort of nest in which the female lays the eggs. After that the male until they hatch guards the nest.