Marble Wrasse - Young Adult (Halichoeres hortulanus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian, and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 3 to 98 ft. Size: 10.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small snails, hermit crabs, bristle worms, clams, crustaceans, small fish
Natural History: The Marble Wrasse is found individually in coral-rich lagoons. It associated with other larger species that feed in the sand and disturb potential prey species of invertebrates. It has pharyngeal teeth that it uses to crush snails and crustaceans it finds in the sand. It buries itself in sand at night.
Husbandry: Marble Wrasses may eat small fish and ornamental crustaceans so caution is advised with this species in invertebrate aquarium systems. This is an active species that generally coexists well with other peaceful species. It may be aggressive with other wrasses. It will likely flip over rocks and coral to search for prey.
AKA: Hortulanus Wrasse, Checkerboard Wrasse
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