• Norwegian: brungylt


The rather elongated body is usually reddish-brown with a lighter belly. The maximum body length is 27 cm. The distinct, brown lateral line makes a sharp bend near the tail fin. A row of light markings and a dark blotch at the base of the tail fin are typical characteristics. Young species lack some of these markings and may be confused with the goldsinny wrasse. The dorsal fin has 14-21 spiny rays and 7-10 soft rays towards the tail.


It prefers rocky location where crevices make nice hiding spots. The depth ranges usually from 18 to 55 meters, but there are registrations as deep as 250 meters.


The scale-rayed wrasse can be found in the East Atlantic Ocean, from Trøndelag, Norway to the Azores and the Canaries.