The Two Spot Wrasse is one of the smallest members of a group of ornate wrasses commonly referred to as Maori Wrasses (Genus Cheilinus
). The intricate facial markings of the Two Spot Wrasse and other Maori Wrasses are said to resemble the artistic facial tattoo of the Maori people of New Zealand.
True to its namesake, the Two Spot Wrasse is beautifully adorned with striking facial markings punctuated by two, dark spots. Gorgeous tomato-red coloration crackles vibrantly across the face of the Two Spot Wrasse and continues all the way to the caudal fin to create an exotic network of color and pattern.
Typical of many wrasses the Two Spot Wrasse demonstrates sexual dimorphism. The male Two Spot Wrasse sports a rhomboid caudal fin, often with a single elongate filament that extends from the top. In contrast, the female Two Spot Wrasse has a round tail and no filament. This festive wrasse is sure to make a colorful addition to the fish-only marine or Fish-Only-With-Live Rock aquarium.
The Two Spot Wrasse inhabits the outer reef slopes and deep lagoons among rubble and algae. To best replicate this environment, the ideal setup for the Two Spot Wrasse will be a well-established saltwater aquarium of at least 75 gallons in size aquascaped with live rock. Incorporate a large area of open substrate as well as open spaces for swimming.
The Two Spot Wrasse is a curious fish of contrasting colorations and behavior. The shy and sensitive Two Spot Wrasse becomes a hardy and gregarious fish once it is fully acclimated to its new environment. It is important to maintain a stress-free environment during the initial introductory period. Therefore, house the Two Spot Wrasse with other peaceful species. As the established fish matures, it may demonstrate aggressive territorial behavior towards similar-sized fish. Generally, only one Two Spot Wrasse is recommended per aquarium.
The Two Spot Wrasse will eat fireworms, pyramidellid snails as well as feather dusters, very small wild shrimp, crabs, tubeworms, and flatworms. The diet of the Two Spot Wrasse should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched
frozen brine shrimp, enriched
mussel meat and other meaty foods. The Two Spot Wrasse should be offered small quantities of food several times per day.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3-1/4"; Large 3-1/4" to 4-1/2"