Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Perciformes > Family: Labridae > Genus: Labrus > Species: Labrus merula

Brown wrasse - Labrus merula Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Natura 2000 species code 5678

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Bodião-fusco Portuguese Fishbase
Bodião-tordo Portuguese Fishbase
Brown wrasse English Fishbase
Brun læbefisk Danish Fishbase
Gharab Maltese Fishbase
Labride verde Italian Fishbase
Menulla Albanian Fishbase
Merla Maltese Fishbase
Merle French Fishbase
Merli Maltese Fishbase
Merlo Spanish Fishbase
Mirli Maltese Fishbase
Tirda Maltese Fishbase
Vrana Slovenian Fishbase
Wargacz merula Polish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Labrus livens Linnaeus, 1758
Labrus ossifagus (non Linnaeus, 1758)
Labrus coeruleus (non Ascanius, 1772)
Labrus nereus Risso, 1810
Labrus psittacus Risso, 1827
Labrus limbatus Valenciennes, 1839
Labrus lineolatus Valenciennes, 1839
Labrus saxorum Valenciennes, 1839
Labrus turdus Linnaeus, 1758
Labrus viridis (non Linnaeus, 1758)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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