Pinkface Wrasse (Thalassoma quinquevittatum)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Pacific Ocean
Depth: 1 to 59 ft. Size: 6.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Crustaceans, small fish, snails, sea urchins, filamentous algae, polyp tips of Pocillopora coral
Natural History: The Pinkface Wrasse is found singly or in small groups on reef flats, fringe reefs, surge channels, and reef crests. It is generally associated with coral-dense areas and is observed hunting with goatfishes in turbulent reef zones.
Husbandry: The Pinkface Wrasse should be housed in a aquarium with strong water flow and plenty of swimming room. It may nip at the polyps of stony corals but is reported not to be a significant threat to a captive reef system. It will consume ornamental shrimp and other crustaceans.
Reproduction: This species of wrasse is reported to spawn year-round on reefs, most often in reef channels.
AKA: Fivestripe Wrasse, Redribbon Wrasse, Pink Streak Wrasse
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