This fish is called a cleaner fish because it attracts larger fish to its cleaning station where the larger fish are cleaned. The cleaner fish enters the other fish’s mouth and gill openings to remove parasites and diseased tissue. This important role is uniquely given to this animal by its Creator to supply it with food, as well as other fish with a “doctor.” Another feature to ensure the survival of the cleaner fish is the ability for a female fish to change into a male.
CLASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
ORDER: Perciformes (perch-like fishes)
FAMILY: Labridae (wrasses)
GENUS/SPECIES: Labroides dimidiatus
Size: 4 in (10 cm)
Habitat: Indo-Pacific coral reefs, from Queensland and the South Seas to the Red Sea