Scott's Velvet Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus scottorum)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: West Pacific Ocean
Depth: 10 to 132 ft. Size: 5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: Scott's Fairy Wrasse is found in small groups on fore reefs. Males are often solitary while females are social. Groups usually feed just above the bottom while males often display above female groups. Males are dramatically colored.
Husbandry: Male Scott's Fairy Wrasses are hardier than females and prefer numerous hiding places. After acclimation, males become territorial and will forever chase other male or female Scott's fairy wrasses that are introduced afterward. This species is more territorial than other fairy wrasses. This species exhibits great color variation. The males may change color after long periods of captivity. They generally become more bluish and lose the red blotch on their sides. This species is a great jumper and must be kept in a covered aquarium.
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