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Hoeven’s Wrasse

( Halichoeres melanurus )

Male (terminal phase) featured above, female (initial phase) featured below.


Other names

Tailspot Wrasse, Three-eyed Wrasse, Dusky-tail rainbowfish, Melanurus Wrasse, Neon Wrasse, Orange-tipped Rainbowfish, Pinstripe Wrasse, Yellow-lined Wrasse

How to Catch
Fast Facts
  • Is a member of the family Labridae (wrasses)
  • Can grow to 15cm in length
  • Protogynous Sequential hermaphrodites. Like many of the wrasses, they begin life as female and change to male as they age
  • Males have a dark spot/blotch on the caudal fin (tail)
  • Frequents shallow coral reef environments
  • Found in Australia’s tropical waters from QLD to WA
  • Occurs solitary or in small schools
  • Popular among aquarists