Fish Guide

Pudding Wife Wrasse   (Halichoeres radiatus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Caribbean Ocean, Western Atlantic Ocean
Depth: 7 to 182 ft.   Size: 20 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 135+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Bivalves, snails, sea urchins, crabs, serpent stars, bristle worms, mantis shrimp, chitons
Natural History: The Pudding Wife Wrasse is found on lagoons and reef flats, generally over sand or rock and rubble substrates. This wrasse is often observed feeding in association with the Bar Jack (Caranx ruber). The two move and feed together on the reef.
Husbandry: The Pudding Wife Wrasse grows to a large size and is capable of moving rock as it searches for food in an aquarium. It will eat a wide variety of ornamental invertebrates and is thus not suitable for a typical reef/invertebrate system. It may also be aggressive toward related wrasses.

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