Black-backed Wrasse EXPERT ONLY

Greek Name: (Anampses neoguinaicus)



The Black-backed Wrasse, a moderately-sized wrasse that stands out with its simple appearance. The Black-backed Wrasse is an elongated body that is adorned with both anal and dorsal fins which extend to the width that the fish. In the rear fins, there is a large , deep blue eye spot that aids to protect the fish when it is an infant. They are predominantly white with lots of vibrant blue dots. The front portion of this fish has blueish-black in appearance, lending to its name.

The Black-backed Wrasse requires a 120 gallon or larger tank with plenty of live rock to use for hunting and hiding in search of food. As young, the Black-backed Wrasse is often kept in large numbers but can be aggressive towards each other as they grow. In the wild, the Black-backed Wrasse is a benthic invertebrate and can be a target for desirable fan worms and ornamental crustaceans within the home aquarium. But, the Black-backed Wrasse does not typically cause harm to sessile invertebrates, such as soft or hard corals.

The diet of the Black-backed Worms should consist of vitamin-enriched frozen mysis and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp that are frozen, as well as other meaty food items, in addition to the highest quality seafood flake, and marine pellets.

Approximate Size of Purchase: Male (Small): 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Male (Medium): 3-1/4″ to 4-1/4″; Male (Large): 5-1/4″ to 6-1/4″; Sub Adult (Small): 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Sub Adult (Small/Medium): 2-1/4″ to 3-1/4″; Sub Adult (Medium): 3-1/4″ to 4-1/4″; Sub Adult (Large): 5-1/4″ to 6-1/4″

Please note: We promise that ALL aquarium species we sell will arrive in good health. However, due to the higher degree of attention required for this specific species, it is designated “Expert only.” This species is suggested only for aquarists who are experts or zoo or research institutions. Expert-only aqua life is exempt from our guarantee for a period of time after their arrival.



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Care Level

Expert Only



Color Form

Black, White



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size



Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia



Minimum Tank

120 gallons


General information regarding Blackbacked Wrasse

The Black-backed Wrasse (Anampses neoguinaicus) is a medium-sized wrasse that stands out with its simple appearance. It has an elongated body that is adorned with anal and dorsal fins that are nearly the whole distance of the fish. To the rear of both fins, there is a huge deep blue eye spot that aids to protect the fish when it is a juvenile. They are predominantly white, with a few vivid blue dots. The top portion of this fish has black-blue in its coloration, giving rise to its name. The Black-backed Wrasse needs a huge aquarium that has plenty of live rocks to hide in and in search of food, although they don’t require a sand bed. They can be kept in groups when they are young, but they could be aggressive towards each other after they have matured. They shouldn’t be kept in the same enclosure as invertebrates because they may eat the fan worms as well as ornamental crustaceans and tridacnid clams.


Additional information


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