Sixline Wrasse

Pseudocheilinus Hexataenia
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Pseudocheilinus Hexataenia
Other names Sixstripe Wrasse
Size Up to 7.5 cm (2.95 in)
Weight Up to 35 grams


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters amongst rubble areas & coral reefs
Depth Range 2 - 40 m (131 ft)
Sixline Wrasse Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The sixline wrasse is a species of fish that is commonly found in coral reefs across Western Australia and Queensland.
  • They are considered to be one of the most colourful and attractive wrasse species, with a bright blue head and orange, yellow, and purple stripes on their body.
  • They are carnivorous fish and feed on a variety of small invertebrates, such as copepods, amphipods, and isopods. They are also known to feed on fish eggs and small fish.
  • The sixline wrasse is known for its cleaning behaviour, where it will pick parasites and dead skin from the bodies of other fish.
  • The sixline wrasse is a simultaneous hermaphrodite, meaning that it possesses both male and female reproductive organs. During spawning season, males will display bright colours and engage in courtship behaviours to attract females.
  • They have been observed engaging in a unique behaviour called “resting phase”, where they lie motionless on their side in a sheltered location for several hours at a time.
  • Estimated lifespan is between 5 – 7 years in the wild.
Species Interaction

Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving

The sixline wrasse is a popular aquarium fish that is well-suited for home aquariums. They are hardy, active, and easy to care for, making them a great choice for both beginner and experienced aquarium enthusiasts. They are a popular fish among snorkelers and divers, as they are active swimmers and can often be found swimming in open water or around coral reefs. You can observe the sixline wrasse swimming in schools or darting in and out of crevices and coral formations.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Genus: Pseudocheilinus

Species: Pseudocheilinus Hexataenia

Conservation Status

The conservation status of the sixline wrasse in Australia is currently listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that the species is not considered to be at significant risk of extinction or population decline at the global level.

Sixline Wrasse
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Easy

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon

Danger: None

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