Labroides dimidiatus

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Common Name
Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse
Binomial Name
Labroides dimidiatus
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Labridae
Genus: Labroides
Species: dimidiatus

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Common Names

  • Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse
  • Cleaner Wrasse



Information about the body shape, skeletal characteristics, how it appears, colouring etc.

Similar Species

Any species that look similar to this one, that may be mixed up.

Maximum Size

Something about what size the it grows to in the wild, plus in captivity.

Associated Organisms

Anything that lives in symbiosis, parasitic or opportunistically with it.


Notes about what they do, how they interact with others, different species etc.

Captive Care

Tank Size

The size of tank suitable for it, including reasoning behind this judgment.

Water Flow

Type and amount of water flow suitable for it.


How much lighting is required for it.


Despite what many hobbyists may claim, cleaner wrasses are quite a hardy species once they adapt to captivity and start feeding. In the wild they mainly feed on the parasitic larvae of gnathiid isopods which they pick off other fish. The biggest mistake hobbyists make is to assume that they will only feed on parasites and little effort is made to get them to feed on prepared foods. Most will start feeding in captivity on newly hatched brine shrimp and then can be weaned onto other foods such as minced prawn or mussel meat.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.


Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.


Addition things / items that are important for care in captivity.




A cleaner wrasse can make a nice addition to any tank but they should only be kept singularly. If two are added to the same tank they are likely to fight until one is dead.


Does it have coral that it is not compatible with?


Is it compatible with other invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms?


Sex, are protogynous hermaphrodite, meaning start life as female then develop into male later in life.

Local Ecology


Which oceans and reefs it is found.


Where it is found on the natural reefs, the reef zone.

Additional Information

They are not effective in controlling parasites such as Cryptocaryon or Amyloodinium.


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