Eight Lines Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus octotaenia)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Pacific Ocean
Depth: 13 to 198 ft. Size: 5.25 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Crabs, copepods, shrimp, molluscs, sea urchins, small fish
Natural History: The Eight Lined Wrasse is found on reef faces, slopes and dropoffs hiding under rocks and ledges. It is reclusive and not often seen despite being relatively common.
Husbandry: The Eight Lined Wrasse is considered an aggressive species that will bite at other less aggressive wrasses, dartfishes, gobies, etc. It should be housed with other aggressive fish. It will likely be quite timid when first introduced but will become much bolder after acclimation. It will eat all types of aquarium fare, including flake foods. It will eat ornamental shrimp and snails in reef aquaria.
AKA: Eightline Wrasse
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