Specimen weight: 2.154 kg (4.75 lbs)
Record: 4.3 kg, Clogher Head, 1983
In this and most species of wrasse the body is fairly deep, but not excessively compressed and is covered with hard scales. There is a single long dorsal fin, with spines in the anterior portion; anal fin of moderate length, with spines anteriorly. Tail broad and somewhat rounded; pectorals broad and rounded. No spines on gill cover; lips thick and fleshy; jaws with powerful conical teeth. In the ballan wrasse, the fin-ray formula is D M-XX/9-11, A 111/8-10 and the edge of the preoperculum (cheekbone) is smooth. Coloration very variable, not related to sex; usually some shade between brown and green, may be mottled, with red or orange on throat and fins. Grows to over 10 lb. Common.
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