|Latin name||Oxycheilinus mentalis - (Rüppell, 1828)|
|Common name||Mental wrasse|
|Family||Labridae - Oxycheilinus|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, The Red Sea|
|Max length||20.0 cm (7.9")|
As aquarium fish
Jumps out of open aquaria
This species is known to jump out of open aquaria.
Can be a threat to small fish
This spicies might be a threat to smaller fishes.
Can be a threat to many invertebrates
This species eats shrimps, crayfish, crabs, small bivalves, sea urchins, snails and similar.
There is little available knowledge of this species, so there can be important information missing on this page.
Rearranges rocks and sand
This species has a habit of rearranging rocks and sand.
Make sure rocks are placed securely on the substrate, so they cannot toppled over.
There is a greater chance of success with this species if one can supply a living feed to allow it to adapt to the tank.
Thrive best on their own
These fish flourish better without other members of the same species in the aquarium.
Requires a varied diet
This species must be fed with an appropriately varied diet.
Likes to hide at first
These fish may well hide themselves for a while, whilst getting acclimatized.
Do not disturb the fish while acclimating because it will prolong the process.
Requires plenty of space for swimming.
This species revels in swimming and requires an aquarium with ample space.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
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||Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.|
|English common names||Mental wrasse|
References and further reading
Bob Fenner. Maori/Splendour Wrasses, the Genera Oxycheilinus & (to): Cheilinus - Wet Web Media - (English)
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).
|destructive, live food, eats fish, eats shrimp, eats crab, eats bivalve clams mussels scallops, eats snails, eats sea urchin|