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Pinkstreaked Wrasse

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Pseudocheilinops ataenia - Schultz, 1960
Pinkstreaked Wrasse

A shy species that is rarely aggressive toward tankmates. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This small, colorful fish is ideal for the reef aquarium and nano-reef. It is sexually dichromatic, with males sporting more pronounced yellow lines down the body and bluish gray markings on the gill cover.

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

  • Pelvic-spot Wrasse

Native range:

Habitat: In nature, this secretive species is found in small groups in still coastal waters.

Maximum length: 6.5 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

It is ignored by most of its tankmates. If the tank is large with plenty of hiding places, P. ataenia will simply hide between the branches of corals. It is rarely aggressively toward any other fishes.

[edit] Notes

It is very shy initially, but gradually becomes quite bold and spends a considerable amount of time in the open. It typically occurs in small, loose groups in the wild.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Pinkstreaked WrasseRDF feed
Common name Pinkstreaked Wrasse  +, and Pelvic-spot Wrasse  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Pseudocheilinops  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Western Central Pacific  +, Southern Philippines  +, Indonesia  +, and Palau  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name ataenia  +
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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