Fish Guide

Comet Wrasse   (Labropsis xanthonota)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 13 to 182 ft.   Size: 5.5 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: No   Care Level: Difficult   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Coral polyps, copepods, amphipods
Natural History: The Comet Wrasse is normally found on coastal and outer coral reefs. It is closely associated with stony corals. Juveniles are reported to function as facultative cleaners while adults switch to feeding largely on the polyps of stony corals.
Husbandry: The Comet Wrasse should be housed singly. Adults may be difficult to feed normal aquarium fare, preferring instead the polyps of stony corals. Juveniles are reported to accept mysid shrimp and other similar foods. This wrasse is reported to not feed on soft corals, but caution is advised. It is also reported to be an excellent jumper so a covered tank is a necessity.

AKA: Yellowback Tubelip Wrasse, Wedge-tailed Wrasse

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