Size5.5 inches (14 cm)
DietCrustaceans, ectoparasites and mucus of fish that gather at cleaning stations
RangeIndo-Pacific from Southern and Eastern Africa. Southern Japan to the southern Great Barrier Reef and south-western Australia
HabitatCoral rich areas, subtidal reef flats and seward reefs
- Maximum length 5.5 inches (14 cm).
- Larger adult has ventroanterior hook in the caudal fin.
- 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.
Bluestreak cleaner wrasse are also known as “blue diesel wrasse” and “bridled beauty.”
- 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.
- 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).
- Juvenile mortality in the great barrier reef is 50% in first year of life cycle. Average 12-month mortality, however, is 11.1%.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Heavily collected for aquarium trade, and more study is required to determine sustainable harvest levels.
- Other common names include “blue diesel wrasse,” “bridled beauty” and “cleaner wrasse.”