Asian Sheepshead Wrasse Courtship | Semicossyphus reticulatus
This is a male Asian sheepshead wrasse (Semicossyphus reticulatus) courting a female. Note the sexual dimorphism, with the male being larger than the female, which has a swollen belly, indicative of her readiness to spawn. These wrasses are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning they all start life as females, then change to males. This image is licensed on an exclusive basis to BBC through 29 October 2021.