Moon Wrasse (Thalassoma lunare)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 3 to 66 ft. Size: 10 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Benthic invertebrates, fish and snail eggs, crabs, shrimp, amphipods, copepods, hermit crabs, isopods, bristleworms, filamentous algae, anemones, sponges
Natural History: The adaptable Moon Wrasse is found in a variety of inshore and offshore reef zones. It has even been reported in estuaries. Juveniles are found in shallower water near structures such as corals and rock. This species has terminal-phase coloration where adults have more vivid colors than juveniles. Terminal phase males are striking.
Husbandry: The Moon Wrasse is highly omnivorous and may consume small fish and ornamental crustaceans in an aquarium. Adults may become more aggressive and chase smaller fish, attempting to eat them. On a reef the moon wrasse is a Manta Ray cleaner species. It is a hyperactive swimmer.
AKA: Lunar Wrasse, Crescent Wrasse
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