yellow-tailed wrasse

Scientific name Halichoeres melanurus
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1851
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Halichoeres
Halichoeres melanurus Halichoeres melanurus

Introduction

Halichoeres melanurus, commonly known as yellow-tailed wrasse, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • 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 yellow-tailed wrasse ?

The yellow-tailed wrasse measures between 10 and 12 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune and bleu body. The also has rouge horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The yellow-tailed wrasse is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the yellow-tailed wrasse is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare

The yellow-tailed wrasse is a fish ovipare.

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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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 15 m

Biotope presentation

The yellow-tailed wrasse is most often found at a depth between 1m and 15m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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