Pseudocheilinus ocellatus

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


Common Names

  • Mystery Wrasse
  • Whitebarred Wrasse



Characteristics

Description

A striking wrasse whose juvenile colouration is similar to that of adults. The bright yellow head has irregular purple lines, while the body is a deep pink/ red. Young specimens have 5 white vertical bars that may fade or disappear with age[1]. P. ocellatus can be distinguished from other lined wrasses by a false eye spot on the caudal peduncle.

Similar Species

Unlikely to be confused with other Pseudocheilinus because of the false eye spot.

Maximum Size

10cm [2] - 12cm [1]

Associated Organisms

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

Behaviour

An inquisitive fish that constantly forages for small invertebrates. Juveniles may initially be shy but become bolder with age. At night they find shelter in liverock, sometimes building a mucous cocoon.[1]



Captive Care

Tank Size

150L minimum as they are a very active fish.

Water Flow

Variable.

Lighting

Moderate.

Feeding

Bold feeder once settled. Juveniles will take frozen mysid or other meaty foods.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.

Diseases

Subject to the same diseases that affect other reef fish.

Other

Needs rocky hiding places and liverock to constantly forage.



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Compatability

Fish

Keep as individuals only. May be incompatible with other Pseudocheilinus sp. e.g. six line wrasse. P. ocellatus may also display territorial aggression to similarly shaped fish added after them. Once settled may become boisterous.

Coral

Completely coral safe.

Invertebrate

Ornamental shrimp such as Lysmata amboinensis may be vulnerable during a moult. Small snails, crabs and worms are also at risk.[1]



Reproduction

Unknown.



Local Ecology

Distribution

West to Central Pacific including Australia [2]

Habitat

Prefers deeper water & is uncommon under 40m. Reclusive in the wild, seeking refuge in shaded areas of caves, ledges and rubble with heavy invertebrate growth. Found on reef walls and slopes. [1]



Additional Information


Resources



References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 (http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/feb2003/Fish.htm): Michael, S., The Whitebarred Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus ocellatus), Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine, 2(2), 2003.
  2. 2.0 2.1 (http://www.fishbase.org): Froese, R., Pauly, D. Fish Base, World Wide Web electronic publication, 2008, Retrieved: February 2009.