two-spotted wrasse

Scientific name Halichoeres biocellatus
Descriptor Schultz
Year of description 1960
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Halichoeres
Halichoeres biocellatus Halichoeres biocellatus


Halichoeres biocellatus, commonly known as two-spotted wrasse, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the two-spotted wrasse ?

The two-spotted wrasse measures between 10 and 12 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune, bleu, vert and orange body. The also has rouge horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The two-spotted wrasse is a fish living in small groups naturally found near the bottom. The members of each group are organized around a well established hierarchy. This species is carnivorous .

Although the two-spotted wrasse is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

The two-spotted wrasse is a fish ovipare. always born female. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become male, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protogynous type.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    26 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    6 - 35 m

Biotope presentation

The two-spotted wrasse is most often found at a depth between 6m and 35m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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