|Latin name||Pseudojuloides cerasinus - (Snyder, 1904)|
|Common name||Smalltail wrasse|
|Family||Labridae - Pseudojuloides|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Japan, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||12.0 cm (4.7")|
As aquarium fish
Jumps out of open aquaria
This species is known to jump out of open aquaria.
Difficult to provide the correct nutrition
Hard to give this species the correct nutrition and is therefore hard to keep alive.
Very frequent feeding
This species requires feeding 4 or more times a day.
Sensitive during transportation
This species is very sensitive during transportation and acclimatizing into the aquarium.
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.
Well established aquarium with pods
This species thrives best when there is a sufficiently large amount of micro life (copepods, amphipods or similar) in the aquarium, so that the it can always find their own food.
Requires a varied diet
This species must be fed with an appropriately varied diet.
This species can change gender from female to male.
When a male is needed, a female changes sex and takes on the role.
Lives in a pair
This species can live as a pair (male and female).
Genus description (Pseudojuloides)
Pencil Wrasses are a tempting buy, but can be hard to keep successfully for a long time. After a while many die due to malnutrition.
If one is determined to try, it is vital that there is a healthy amount of pods in the aquarium so they can find their own food. In addition it is important to supplement feed, several times a day with a variety of foods, like Mysis, Artemia and cyclops.
These fish dig themselves in at night to sleep or when they feel threatened.
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: East Africa to the Hawaiian, Society, and Austral islands, north to the Izu Islands, south to Lord Howe Island.|
|English common names||Smalltail wrasse, Candy wrasse, Pencil wrasse|
|French common names||Labre cerise|
References and further reading
Bob Fenner. The Pencil Wrasses, Genus Pseudojuloides - 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).
|hermaphroditic, pair couple, pods, hard to feed|