Black-Ear Wrasse (Halichoeres poeyi)

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Black Ear Wrasse

Halichoeres poeyi

303 Litres (80 US G.)

20-24 cm (7.9-9.4")


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
Other (See article)

5-12 years



Additional names

Additional scientific names

Platyglossus poeyi


Caribbean; from southern Florida, USA and the Bahamas to São Paulo, Brazil.


Protogynous hermaphrodite.

Tank compatibility

A relatively peaceful fish suitable for peaceful communities and is considered reef safe, although may nip at bristle-worms.


Omnivorous, will eat flakes, and pellets.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Prefers a spacious tank with plenty of live rock and hiding places. Needs a deep sand bed typically used by that genus.


Generally peaceful towards tank mates. Typical of wrasses, they can be kept in a harem with a single male. May get aggressive towards related species, but will tolerate other genera.


This fish is yellowish-orange, with red facial stripes; sometimes has a small black ocellus behind its eyes, and a second one on the dorsal fin.

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