Ballan Wrasse - Labrus bergylta

Ballan Wrasse - Labrus bergylta

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Species Compatibility

All other Wrasse
Conger eel

Suitable DisplayShore line Tank
Wreck Tank
Cliff Tank
Reef Tank
Harbour Wall Tank


A bony fish which can grow up to 50 cm in length.
The body, head and fins are often brownish red or reddish green with numerous small white spots or dark vertical stripes.
Young ballan wrasse are often bright green.


Widely distributed in north west Europe and Britain.
Commonly found among sea weed in shallow water off rocky shores, down to depths of about 30 m. Can also be found in rock pools inshore.

Species fact

The fish matures first as a female, and then most will change sex to male.
Females spawn when they are five or six years old, and lay eggs in depressions which have made by the male.