Oxycheilinus bimaculatus, commonly known as the Bimaculatus wrasse or the Twinspot wrasse, is a species of wrasse found in the Indo-Pacific region. This colorful fish is known for its striking appearance and is popular in the aquarium trade.
Key characteristics of Oxycheilinus bimaculatus include:
Coloration: Adult Bimaculatus wrasse are typically green with a pair of prominent black spots on the caudal peduncle (the narrow part of the fish just before the tail fin), which is a distinguishing feature. Their colors may vary, but they generally have a combination of green, blue, and yellow hues, often with intricate patterns and markings.
Size: These wrasse can grow to a maximum length of around 8 inches (20 centimeters) in the wild.
Habitat: They are commonly found in coral reef environments and lagoons, where they can hide among crevices and coral formations.
Behavior: Bimaculatus wrasse are known to be secretive and territorial. They are carnivorous and feed on small invertebrates, including crustaceans, worms, and other small prey they can find among the coral.
Range: Their range extends across the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, and various island chains throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Care level: Easy
- Temperament: Semi-aggressive
- Diet: Carnivore
- Reef Compatible: No
- Family: Labridae
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
Size: 2" to 3"