Emerald Wrasse (Novaculichthys macrolepidotus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 3 to 13 ft. Size: 6 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Diet: Crustaceans, flatworms, snails, nudibranchs
Natural History: The Emerald Wrasse is found in mangroves and lagoons with high densities of macro-algae. It is often found in haremic groups consisting of one male and a group of females. It is often invisible among the leaves of macroalgae due to its green color.
Husbandry: The Emerald Wrasse can be aggressive toward smaller more docile fishes but it will likely be bullied by larger aggressive species. It is a hardy aquarium species. In an aquarium it should be kept with such algae as Caulerpa. It will flip rocks over to hunt for food and it is a good jumper.
AKA: Seagrass Razorfish
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