Yellow Flanked Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lyukyuensis)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 116 ft. Size: 5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Yellow-Flanked Fairy Wrasse is found patch reefs with coral, sponge, macroalgae, and rubble. It is normally encountered in groups with many females and a few males. It often associated with other species of fairy wrasses as it feeds, often more than 15 feet above the reef floor. This "species" is considered by some to be a color variant of the Bluehead Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura).
Husbandry: In an aquarium, Yellow-flanked Fairy Wrasses should be provided with numerous hiding places. Only one male should be housed per aquarium. Multiple females can be housed together, with or without a male, in a community tank. Males may lose color if females are not present. Brine shrimp may be needed to acclimate new specimens to captivity.
Reproduction: Females join males that flash their colors and a pair will swim upwards into the water column to release their gametes.
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