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Vikram Baliga, PhD Candidate at UC Santa Cruz, member of the Mehta Lab. Areas of study: ecology, ontogeny, morphometrics, and comparative methods.


Species of the Moment: Pseudodax moluccanus

Vikram Baliga

Many species who are known to engage in "cleaning" behavior do so as juveniles, transitioning away as they approach adulthood. One such species is Pseudodax moluccanus, the chiseltooth wrasse, found in the family Labridae. 

In glancing at this species' page on the EOL website, I was fortunate enough to come across a series of photographs highlighting this species' morphology at different stages of ontogeny. I've always enjoyed looking at transitions, and this series presents no exception.

All images taken from the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) website