Rockmover Wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus)

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Rockmover Wrasse

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Rockmover Wrasse

Novaculichthys taeniourus

Moderate

sg

1.02 - 1.025

pH

8.1 - 8.4

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8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

7-12 years

Family

Labridae

This animal is available captive bred



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Additional names

Rockmover Wrasse, Dragon Wrasse, Reindeer Wrasse, Carpet Wrasse, Olive Scribbled Wrasse, Masked Wrasse, Bar-Cheeked Wrasse


Origin

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa and the Tuamoto Islands, north to Ryukyu and Hawaiian islands, south to Lord Howe Island. Excluding Persian Gulf. Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Panama and the Galapagos Islands.

Sexing

Not possible to visually sex.

Tank compatibility

Not that reef compatible; will re-arrange rocks to find food. May also eat smaller fish

Diet

Carnivorous; eats smaller motile invertebrates

Feeding regime

Feed several times a day.

Environment Specifics

Large tank with sandbed to burrow into.

Behaviour

Moves rocks around to find food, hence its common name. Will burrow into the sandbed.

Identification

The juvenile has a burgundy body with white markings., with a notable swimming pattern. The fins are also notable in their appearance, especially the first two dorsal spines that form a "cow-lick." The adult does not have the large dorsal spines and has a light-blue to green body with impressive darker markings, with a graceful personality.

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