Rockmover Wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus)

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Rockmover Wrasse

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Rockmover Wrasse

Novaculichthys taeniourus

397 Litres (105 US G.)

27.9-30.5cm (11-12 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

7-12 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

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


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.


Not possible to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit]

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


Carnivorous; eats smaller motile invertebrates

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed several times a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Large tank with sandbed to burrow into.


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


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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