Lime Green Wrasse (Thalassoma lutescens)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Western and Central Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 98 ft. Size: 12 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 135+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: crustaceans, bristleworms, snails, bivalves, sea urchins, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, algae
Natural History: The Lime Green wrasse is a solitary species found in lagoons, back and fore reefs, reef faces and slopes, generally in more turblulent areas. Adults are often found swimming close to the substrate searching for invertebrate prey. Adult males in terminal color phase are stunning. Younger initial phase fish are more yellow and white, but terminal phase males are blue with a pink and green head.
Husbandry: The Lime Green Wrasse will feed on ornamental shrimps and crabs. While juveniles are generally peaceful, adults are generally aggressive. Adults will occasionally burrow in the sand.
Reproduction: Terminal phase males set up spawning territories and engage in courtship behavior with females by swimming in circles around them. The two make a rapid swimming ascent and release gametes.
AKA: Sunset Wrasse, Yellow-brown Wrasse, Banana Wrasse
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