Very special thanks for the first photos of this (rare ?) wrasses to Diana Garcia Benito from Ibiza.
Diana works as a Deepsea Submersible Pilot, Oceanographer, Pure Apnea Freediving Instructor, PADI Freediving Instructor and Yoga Instructor, in former times for the Undersea Hunter Group.
Polylepion cruentum is a deep-sea species, found in the eastern central Pacific, from Mexico to Nicaragua, including Cocos Island , and very seldom photographed.
The wrasse is found over sandy bottoms associated with gravel and rocky reefs from 150 to 200 meters, juveniles are pink with more yellow stripes and a large black blotch on upper caudal peduncle.
Adult fishs are red above, whitish below, three or four yellow horizontal stripes on upper sides, curved yellow stripes on head, spinous dorsal fin black.