Blue & Red Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubriventralis)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean
Depth: 10 to 138 ft. Size: 3 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive
Natural History: The Blue and Red Wrasse is found in single-male groups on coral and rubble of on fore reefs. It is observed taking refuge among the spines of sea urchins and arms of soft corals. Groups usually consist of many females with one male. Males have dramatic coloration including orange and white with many different rows of spots in different colors.
Husbandry: The Blue and Red Wrasse is a common aquarium fish and easy to care for. Adults may become quite aggressive and nip other wrasses and anthias. It may be possible to keep one male with several females in the same aquarium. Numerous hiding places should be provided.
AKA: Longfinned Fairy Wrasse, Social Wrasse
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