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Oxycheilinus bimaculatus, Twinspot Maori Wrasse. Scott W. Michael

Family: Labridae

Species in Genus Oxycheilinus:


Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM


Their large size, formidable teeth, and predatory nature makes most members of this genera a greater threat in the reef aquarium than many other wrasses.

Many Maori wrasses get over 20 in. (50 cm) in length, so they require a larger tank with plenty of swimming space. Initially they are often shy, skulking behind reef structures, sometimes for days, before making an appearance. However, they usually become bold, then aggressive, members of the aquarium community.

These wrasses eat snails, tubeworms, ornamental shrimps, small crabs, brittle stars, sea stars, sea urchins, and small fishes. Their diet makes them less than desirable selections for most reef aquariums. They will eat pests like fireworms and mantis shrimps, so you could house one with your live rock and then remove it before adding your chosen reef invertebrates. Unfortunately, the Maori wrasse will also eat, with gusto, any desirable motile invertebrate it finds, including prized shrimps.

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Family Labridae  +
Image credit SWM  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Text credit SWM  +