Vrolik's Wrasse

Common name(s):
Vrolik's wrasse
Genus:
Halichoeres
Species (if known):
chrysotaenia
Origins/Lineage:
Indian Ocean
Difficulty Level:
Easy
Temperament:
Moderate
Coral Safe:
Yes
Mobile invert safe?:
Caution
Feeding behavior:
Both Substrate & Water Column
Maximum Size:
5.5"
Minimum tank size recommended:
50g
Minimum tank length recommended (if applicable):
Three Foot
Covered tank required?:
Yes for all Wrasse
Sand required?:
Yes
Sexually dichromatic?:
Yes
Compatible with other wrasses?:
Yes
Predominant body color(s) and pattern if applicable:
Males green and red/lavender striped with yellow spots at the base of the pectorals; females are duller orange and green striped
Dorsal fin color(s) and pattern if applicable:
Red and green striped
Number of dorsal filaments (if applicable):
n/a
Ventral (pelvic) fin color(s) and pattern if applicable:
Green
Anal fin color(s) and pattern if applicable:
Red and green striped for males, females orange and dull green
Caudal (tail) color(s) and pattern if applicable:
Red with green spots in males, opaque or pale orange for females
  • The Indian Ocean sister species to the melanurus wrasse. Can be differentiated by a different tail pattern in males, H. chrysotaenia have spotted tails, whereas H. melanurus has connected patterning on the tail. Will sometimes be referred to as H. vroliki which is an invalid junior synonym.

    The Vrolik's wrasse is a hardy wrasse that is safe with corals and may pick at common coral parasites, such as flat worms and red bugs. As it gets older may pick at CUC.

    It is usually peaceful toward other wrasses, though there are exceptions.