- The Candy Wrasse is a species of marine fish that can be found in the coral reefs of Australia. They are often found in the waters around the Great Barrier Reef, as well as other reefs in northern and eastern Australia.
- Male Candy Wrasse have a greenish-blue head, a yellow midsection, and blue fins with yellow markings. They may also have small patches of red or orange on their body. Whilst the female fish a reddish-pink body, with a yellow snout, and blue and yellow markings on their fins.
- The Candy Wrasse is known for its ability to change colour depending on its mood, with the most common colour being a bright yellow.
- They feed primarily on small invertebrates, such as crustaceans, worms and molluscs.
- The Candy Wrasse is a simultaneous hermaphrodite, meaning that each individual possesses both male and female reproductive organs at the same time.
- They typically spawns during the warmer months, from spring through summer. After fertilisation, the eggs are left to hatch on their own, and the larvae are carried away by ocean currents until they settle in a suitable habitat.
- The estimated lifespan is up to 10 years in the wild.
Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving
Candy Wrasse can make good aquarium fish for experienced hobbyists who are able to provide them with suitable living conditions. They are active and entertaining swimmers, and their vibrant coloration can be a stunning addition to a reef aquarium. They can be a fun and interesting fish to observe for snorkelers and divers, as they are active swimmers and can display a range of behaviours. Their bright and striking coloration can make them easy to spot on the reef, and they are known to be quite curious and unafraid of humans.
Species: Pseudojuloides Cerasinus
The Candy Wrasse is not currently assessed as a separate species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, in Australia, it is protected under the Australian Fisheries Management Act 1991.
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 80 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Caves, Lagoon