Pseudocheilinus hexataenia

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Common Name
Sixline Wrasse
Binomial Name
Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Labridae
Genus: Pseudocheilinus
Species: hexataenia

Common Names

  • Sixline Wrasse



As the name suggests, a Sixline wrasse has six horizontal lines running from head to tail. Sixline wrasse' are among the most colourful fish in the aquarium trade, with each individual having a unique blend of multiple colours, including red, orange, green, blue, yellow etc. They are a traditional wrasse shape, but quite small in lengh, with a maximum size of 8-10cm.

Similar Species

A similar species, from the same genus, is the Fourline wrasse, Pseudocheilinus tetrataenia.

Maximum Size

Sixline wrasse have a maximum length of 8 to 10cm.

Associated Organisms



Sixline wrasse are extemely active, constantly searching for food thoughout the aquariums strucutes. Some tend to be quite aggresive towards newly introduced fish, especially fish of the same body shape. For this reason, making a sixline wrasse the final addition to your fish tank could remove potential aggresion. Fish of significantly different body shape (e.g. clownfish, cardinalfish, hawkfish etc.) do not attract any aggression from sixlines.

Captive Care

Tank Size

A tank size of 100L and above would be ideal for a sixline wrasse, providing plenty of free water for swimming, along with rock and structure for exploration, sleeping etc.

Water Flow

Water flow doesnt seem to bother a sixline. Being very agile, they will adapt and swim through strong currents.


No significant lighting requirements.


Sixlines are rarely picky, taking flake, pellets, and any type of live or frozen food (inc. brine, bloodworm, and mysis).

Growth Rate

Under good conditions, sixline can grow quite aggresively, but due to their smaller maximum size, growth rate is rarely of concern.


Hardy. No dought succeptable to most diseases that infleunce other tropical species. Kept in good condition, they will remain generally un-affected.


Potentially make a sixline your last addition, which could reduce aggression significantly.




Can be aggressive with conspecifics, if not in a large enough aquarium to "escape" the other. Can also become aggressive with age. If pairing, try two specimens of significantly different size.


Seems compatible with most coral, although individual cases may apply.


Feeds on small invertebrates, and may therefore attempt to take any shrimp.


Spawning in the aquarium has been acheived. Raising fry is difficult. See MOFIB for compiled reports/attempts. A relatively tall aquarium is needed or the spawning ritual.

Local Ecology


The sixline wrasse can be found in and around reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific (to depths of 35m)


The sixline wrasse is commonly found in the reef zone, in and among coral branches.

Additional Information


Newcastle, Australia - Seen 1 time, $30 Adelaide, Australia - Seen frequently, $35-55