|Latin name||Cheilio inermis - (Forsskål, 1775)|
|Common name||Cigar wrasse|
|Family||Labridae - Cheilio|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, The Red Sea, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||50.0 cm (19.7")|
As aquarium fish
Jumps out of open aquaria
This species is known to jump out of open aquaria.
Can be a threat towards small crustaceans
This species can be a threat towards small crustaceans, e.g. small shrimp.
Deep sandy substrate
This species needs a minimum of 2 inch (5 cm) of sand in the aquarium bottom, so it can dig itself down when afraid or needing to sleep.
Acclimitises best as a juvenile
This species will better acclimatize to the aquarium`s condition if introduced, when young.
Very small individuals can be very delicate.
Looses colour in the aquarium
In the aquarium the colour of this species can become matte.
Food with plenty of pigment and generally a varied diet of high quality can help alleviate colour loss.
This species can change gender from female to male.
When a male is needed, a female changes sex and takes on the role.
This species is very shy and docile, so one should be careful when keeping it with more aggressive fish.
This species comes in multiple color variations which can make identification problematic.
Genus description (Cheilio)
The Cheilio is a single species genus, which greatly resembles the Hologymnosus species.
They are large and very active fish which require a lot of space, but otherwise they are well suited to aquaria.
They will dig themselves into the sand at night.
Family description (Labridae)
Wrasses are nearly always seen in reef aquaria, since many of the species are both attractive and useful in battling a range of unwanted invertebrates like i.e. flatworms, pyramide snails.
These fish live of everything from zooplankton to large crustaceans, sea urchins and the like.
The needs and behaviour of Wrasses vary greatly, so it is vital to familiarize oneself with the specific species before buying one.
|Distribution||Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian and Easter islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island.|
|English common names||Sharpnose wrasse, Sharp-nosed rainbowfish, Cigar wrasse|
|French common names||Longue girelle, Pêche madame|
References and further reading
Scott W. Michael. 2009. Wrasses and Parrotfishes (Reef Fishes Series Book 5) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|hermaphroditic, docile shy, eats shrimp|