Mystery Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus ocellatus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: West and Central Pacific Ocean
Depth: 65 to 189 ft. Size: 4.75 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small invertebrates, zooplankton
Natural History: The Mystery Wrasse is found in caves and crevices on reef slopes that are rich in zooplankton. It is a secretive deep-water species often found in excess of 100 feet. The small ocellus on the caudal peduncle is an identifier for this species.
Husbandry: The Mystery Wrasse is a hardy aquarium fish. It should be provided with numerous hiding places, with caves and overhangs. From its refuge it will make forays into the aquarium and then retreat into the refuge. This species is easily startled by lights switching off and on and it is a good jumper. This species becomes more aggressive as it gets larger. Full sized specimens will likely consume small shrimp.
AKA: Whitebarred Wrasse, Tailspot Wrasse
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