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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager
  • Indo-Pacific Reef Habitat (Tropical Diver)

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo-Pacific from Southern and Eastern Africa and the Red Sea to the Tuamotus in the South Pacific. Also from southern Japan to the southern Great Barrier Reef and south-western Australia.
  • Found in coral rich areas, subtidal reef flats and seward reefs to depths of at least 131 feet (40 m).

Physical Characteristics

  • Juvenile is predominantly black with a single blue stripe running from its snout to the upper caudal fin.
  • Adult is blue with a single thick black stripe from caudal fin through its eyes.
  • Larger adult has ventroanterior hook in the caudal fin.
  • Maximum length 5.5 inches (14 cm).

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of crustaceans, ectoparasites and mucus of fish that gather at cleaning stations.
  • Exhibits cleaning behavior exclusively during the day and mostly in the morning.

Reproduction / Growth

  • Juvenile mortality in the great barrier reef is 50% in first year of life cycle. Average 12-month mortality, however, is 11.1%.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
  • Heavily collected for aquarium trade, and more study is required to determine sustainable harvest levels.

Additional Information

  • Other common names include “blue diesel wrasse,” “bridled beauty” and “cleaner wrasse.”

Sources

www.iucnredlist.org
www.fishbase.org