Oriental Wrasse (Labropsis manabei)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 16 to 98 ft. Size: 3.75 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 40+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Coral polyps, copepods, amphipods
Natural History: The Oriental Wrasse is normally found on coastal and outer coral reefs. It is closely associated with stony corals. Juveniles are reported to function as facultative cleaners while adults switch to feeding largely on the polyps of stony corals.
Husbandry: The Oriental Wrasse should be housed singly. Adults may be difficult to feed normal aquarium fare, preferring instead the polyps of stony corals. This wrasse is reported to not feed on soft corals, but caution is advised. It is also reported to be an excellent jumper so a covered tank is a necessity.
AKA: Northern Tubelip Wrasse
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