Saddle Wrasse (Thalassoma duperrey)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Hawaiian Islands, Johnston Atoll
Depth: 16 to 82 ft. Size: 11 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Zooplankton, gastropods, sea urchins, crabs, bivalves, amphipods, copepods, stony corals, bristleworms, brittle stars, fish eggs, algae
Natural History: The Saddle Wrasse is one of the most common wrasses within its range. It is an adaptable fish that is found in many reef environments, from sandy flats to coral reef faces. It feeds on a very diverse array of invertebrate (mainly) fauna. It often hunts with goatfish to feed on the crustaceans that they flush from the ocean floor. Juveniles serve as cleaners and set up cleaning stations to pick the parasites from other fish. Adults are active swimmers and patrol a large range searching for food. This species has an initial and terminal color phase.
Husbandry: The Saddle Wrasse may be aggressive with other fishes in captivity. It will eat small invertebrates and it is capable of bashing a crab or shrimp into a rock to break it into pieces suitable for swallowing. It should be housed with larger fishes such as triggers and tangs. It is reported to be a voracious feeder and will eat most food offerings.
Reproduction: This species spawns throughout the year. Females, when in the presence of a smaller Saddle Wrasse, may change into a male for spawning.
AKA: Saddleback Wrasse
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