The Adorned Wrasse, scientifically known as Halichoeres cosmetus, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Labridae. This wrasse is native to the Indo-Pacific region and is appreciated for its vibrant and striking coloration, which varies between juveniles and adults.
Here are some key characteristics and information about the Adorned Wrasse:
Appearance: Juvenile Adorned Wrasses have a striking appearance with a bright green body and a distinctive pattern of black and white stripes on their sides and face. As they mature into adults, their coloration changes. Adults have a pinkish-red body with a green spot near the tail and blue markings on their faces.
Size: These wrasses can grow to a size of around 4 to 5 inches (10 to 12 centimeters).
Habitat: Adorned Wrasses are typically found in coral-rich areas, including reef slopes and lagoons. They prefer warm, tropical marine waters with ample hiding places among coral formations.
Behavior: They are known for their active and inquisitive nature, often swimming around and searching for small invertebrates and crustaceans to feed on.
Diet: In the wild, their diet primarily consists of small invertebrates, crustaceans, and zooplankton that they find among the crevices of coral reefs. In captivity, they should be fed a diet of high-quality marine flakes, frozen foods, and live foods.
Aquarium Keeping: Adorned Wrasses are sometimes kept in marine aquariums due to their vibrant colors and active behavior. However, they require a well-maintained tank with plenty of hiding places, live rock for them to graze on, and a suitable diet to ensure their well-being. They can be kept individually or in pairs.Care level: Easy
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Diet: Carnivore
- Reef Compatible: Yes
- Family: Labridae
- Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
- Size: 2 inches