Fourline Wrasse

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Pseudocheilinus tetrataenia - Schultz, 1960
Fourline Wrasse

A small, secretive species for the larger reef aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This diminutive wrasse is an interesting choice both for a nano-reef or larger reef aquarium. Like others in the genus, this species is secretive when first added to the aquarium.

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

  • Four-lined Wrasse

Native range:

Habitat: This is a secretive species that is found hiding around the base of small heads of coral in seaward reefs.

Maximum length: 7.3 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

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

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, and pigment-enriched flake food. Feed at least once a day, unless you have a healthy stock of crustaceans and worms for it to feed on, in which case you can feed every other day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Although small, it can become belligerent when space is limited, so it is not safe to keep with docile species in a small tank. Groups can be kept in large aquariums (180 gallons [684 L] or more), although there is always a risk of fighting among males (because they are not sexually dichromatic, it will not be possible to ensure that a group does not have one or more males). I have had it harass gobies, assessors, and other wrasses in small reef tanks.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Fourline WrasseRDF feed
Common name Fourline Wrasse  +, and Four-lined Wrasse  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Pseudocheilinus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Japan  +, Hawaii  +, Tuamotu Islands  +, and Austral Islands  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name tetrataenia  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +