Candy Wrasse

Pseudojuloides Cerasinus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Pseudojuloides Cerasinus
Other names Splendid Wrasse, Long Bluelined Wrasse, Pencil Wrasse, Smalltail Wrasse
Size Up to 12 cm (4.72 in)
Weight Up to 50 g (1.76 oz)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters amongst deeper coral reefs & areas of rubble
Depth Range 3 - 40 m (131 ft)
Candy Wrasse Distribution

Interesting Info

  • 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.
Species Interaction

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.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Genus: Pseudojuloides

Species: Pseudojuloides Cerasinus

Conservation Status

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.

Candy Wrasse
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Minimum Tank Size: 80 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Caves, Lagoon

Danger: None

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