- The Checkerboard Wrasse can be found in various parts of Australia, particularly in the tropical and subtropical waters of the country’s northern coast line. From Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and northern parts of New South Wales.
- This species is characterised by its distinctive checkerboard pattern of alternating light and dark squares on its body, with a colour range of green, blue, and pink hues
- They have a small, terminal mouth with protruding teeth, which are used to capture and manipulate their prey.
- Their diet consists of a variety of small invertebrates, such as crustaceans, molluscs, and echinoderms.
- This species exhibits a unique breeding behaviour called protogynous hermaphroditism, where individuals change sex from female to male during their life cycle
- Breeding season for the Checkerboard Wrasse in Australia typically occurs during the warmer months, from October to March
- Estimated lifespan is between 5 – 7 years.
Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving
The Checkerboard Wrasse can make a captivating addition to a home aquarium due to its vibrant coloration, active swimming behaviour, and distinctive checkerboard pattern. In the wild, they are a fascinating species to observe for divers and snorkelers, as they can often be seen picking at coral and rocks in search of food.
Species: Halichoeres Hortulanus
The Checkerboard Wrasse is listed as a species of “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, indicating that it is not currently at risk of extinction.
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 200 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon