Red Christmas Checkerboard Wrasse (Halichoeres claudia)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: ? ft. Size: 5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small invertebrates, crustaceans, worms
Natural History: The Red Christmas Checkerboard Wrasse is a newly identified species of the Indo- and Western Pacific. Little is reported on its reef biology. Most Halichoeres wrasses are found on sand substrates of shallower inshore reefs. They have pharyngeal (throat) teeth that they use to crush and grind food. Some species will bite and thrash their crustacean prey to break them open.
Husbandry: The Red Christmas Checkerboard Wrasse may attack tube worms, ornamental shrimp, or other crustaceans. It also may bury itself to sleep at night. Large individuals may harass smaller wrasse species.
AKA: Red-lined Wrasse, Biocellate Wrasse
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