Bluehead Wrasse

Species information for the Bluehead Wrasse, in the Wrasses category.

  1. FAMILY - Labridae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Thalassoma bifasciatum

    COMMON NAME – Bluehead Wrasse

    SIZE – 7 in (18 cm)

    RANGE - Caribbean

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE– 75 gal (284 L)

    CARE LEVEL - Intermediate

    TEMPERAMENT – Semi-aggressive

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Should be fed a variety of high quality marine meaty foods. Will also eat other crustaceans.


    REEF COMPATIBILITY – With Caution, they wont eat corals but may go after decorative shrimp.

    CAPTIVE CARE – They can be aggressive to new tankmates so they should be added last to a new tank. They may harass more docile fish, and eat smaller fish. They can also be kept with a mate if the tank is larger than 125 gallons. Males have a black and white strip pattern that divides the blue head from the blue-green and yellow posterior. Females have two black stripes and are entirely turquoise. Juveniles are usually yellow with black markings. They prefer a tank with lots of rockwork and a sand bed to burrow in. Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.

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    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 10, 2014
    jhnrb, Aug 7, 2009