Fish Guide

Neon Wrasse   (Halichoeres garnoti)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Caribbean Ocean, Western Atlantic Ocean
Depth: 7 to 264 ft.   Size: 7.5 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Crabs, serpent stars, snails, small fish, bristleworms, hermit crabs, shrimp
Natural History: The Neon Wrasse is found in small haremic groups in a variety of reef habitats, from flats to ledges. This species exhibits initial and terminal color phases. Juveniles look quite different than the adult form, which includes a prominent yellow head. This species burrows when alarmed and at night. It consumes a wide variety of benthic invertebrates. This species has been observed using a rock as an anvil to break up molluscs. Large individuals roam over large expanses of reef, up to 2000 m2. Dominant males have the brightest yellow colors.
Husbandry: The Neon Wrasse should be provided ample hiding places in an aquarium. This species is female by birth until an individual becomes dominant. The dominant female will change to a dominant male and then breed. Dominant males tend to lose some coloration in captivity. The Neon Wrasse should not be housed with ornamental invertebrates. It will flip rocks in an aquarium to search for food. This wrasse is less aggressive with other wrasses, including its own species, than other similar wrasses.

AKA: Yellowhead Wrasse, Havana Wrasse

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