Melanurus Wrasse

Greek Name: (Halichoeres melanurus)



The Melanurus Wrasse is also known as the The Tail Spot Wrasse or Hoeven’s Wrasse. The body of the fish is blue-green and features yellow or pink stripes that are horizontally running along its side. The juvenile’s color is more subtle.

A 50-gallon or bigger aquarium fitted with a secure lid with a 2-3″ sandy bottom that you can hide in if you are scared, and other calm species of wrasses including its own species, makes an ideal habitat.

It eats fireworms as well as pyramidellid snails, thereby protecting living corals, clams, and corals. It can also consume feather dusters as well as wild shrimps flatworms, and tubeworms. They may be able to eat parasites that have been ingested by tank friends. A regular diet should consist of vitamin-rich frozen mysis shrimp as well as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp frozen in brine, and other meaty meals, as well as the highest quality of fish flake, marine pellets.

Approximate Size of Purchase: Small: 1-1/2″ to 2 1/2″; Medium: 2 1/2″ to 3 1/2″; Large: 3 1/2″ to 4 1/2″


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Care Level




Color Form

Blue, Green, Red, Yellow



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

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

Max Size



Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Melanesia



Minimum Tank

50 gallons


General information regarding Melanurus Wrasse

Hoeven’s Wrasse’s body color is blue-green and has yellow or pink horizontal stripes along its sides. The juvenile’s color is less soft. A large or medium-sized aquarium fitted with a secure lid with a 2-3 inch sandy bottom for hiding in case scared and other peaceful tank mates, such as its own species, is an ideal setting.

Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

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