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Eightline Wrasse

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Pseudocheilinus octotaenia - Jenkins, 1901
Eightline Wrasse

Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is a modest-size wrasse that is relatively durable and attractively marked, yet capable of combative behavior, especially in smaller aquariums.

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Reef. Numerous hiding places are a must to keep this species happy and healthy.

Maximum length: 13 cm (5 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Feed meaty foods, twice a day. Will require less frequent feeding in a reef tank with a healthy micro-invertebrate population.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Larger than its close cousin the Sixline Wrasse, this species is also a greater threat to its piscine neighbors. Do not keep it with more docile, smaller species in anything but a larger aquarium (135 gallons [513 L] or more). Larger adults will eat smaller, more elongated fishes. Younger Eightline Wrasse are less of a problem than their larger brethren. Do not keep more than one of these beasts in the same tank. In a very large tank (180 gallons [684 L] or more) you might add two juveniles or individuals that are disparate in size. This fish will eat ornamental crustaceans, but is not a threat to corals.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Egg scatterers that produce pelagic eggs, often in midwater mating rituals. Both eggs and larvae that drift with plankton in the water column and settle back onto a reef at about the time of metamorphosis. These are among the most challenging types of marine fishes to propagate in captivity.

[edit] Notes

This is a rather cryptic species that likes to hang out at the entrance of crevices and caves. It will move into the open to snap up morsels of food. This species will spend more time hiding until it gets used to its new home.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Eightline WrasseRDF feed
Common name Eightline Wrasse  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Pseudocheilinus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 5 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 30 gal  +
Native range Indo-West Pacific  +, East Africa  +, Hawaii  +, Ducie Islands  +, and Yaeyama Islands  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name octotaenia  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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