Peacock Wrasse (Iniistius pavo)

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Peacock Wrasse

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Juvenile Peacock Wrasse

Iniistius pavo

757 Litres (200 US G.)

28-41 cm (11-16.1")


8.0 - 8.5

22.2-23.9°C (72 -75 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Peacock Wrasse, Peacock Razorfish, Blue Razorfish, Black Razorfish, Black-Barred Razorfish, Indianfish, Leaf Wrasse, Pavo Razorfish, Razor Wrasse, Red-Belly Razor Wrasse

Additional scientific names

Iniistius pavoninus, Xyrichtys pavo, Hemipteronotus pavo, Novacula tetrazona


The female's belly has red hues whereas the males does not.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Not often kept in captivity due its large size and need for a very large tank. Best kept in a large species tank or with similar sized peaceful fish.


Should accept most meaty foods.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Prefers a course sand substrate with plenty of open swimming space.


A solitary fish. Will dive into the substrate if threatened.


An unusual looking fish, juveniles are known to mimic dead leaves by holding the elongate detached front part of dorsal fin forward over head. They have a dark vertical band under each eye and usually with up to 5 dark bands down the body when adult. The first two dorsal spines form a separate fin and this fin forms a long, banner-like filament but shortens with age.


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