Black Tail Wrasse Juv/Female



Black Tail Tamarin, A Highly Coveted Wrasse.

  • Black Tail Wrasse Juv/Female
  • Anampses lineatus
  • Care: Expert
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Group Size: Harem
  • Place of origin: Indo – West Pacific Ocean
  • Coral safe: Generally yes
  • Critter Safe: Generally yes

Black Tail Wrasse Juv/Female, Anampses lineatus, also go by the name Lined or White Dashed Wrasse. Like all members of the Anampses genus, males and females display different colour morphs.

Males and females have dark bodies that beautifully display a series of thin, white dashed lines. These elegant beauties have intricately patterned fins and a broad white band on their black tail. What sets the males apart from the females is the pattern on the face. Male Black Tail Wrasse have thin curving stripes whereas females have small spots. Males also have a blue flash on their anal fin.

Unlike some members of the Anampses genus. This species also shows different colours between immature and mature female Back Tails. Juveniles have broader fins compared to the adults. Irregular yellow rosettes decorate their dark body. These fantastic markings progressively get larger from head to tail.

Anampses wrasse are collectively known as Tamarins. They are identifiable by: lacking scales on their head, smooth cheeks (smooth preopercular margin), a complete lateral line and a pair of broad, incisiform teeth.

Black Tail Wrasse Juv/Female or Anampses lineatus Ecology.

Black Tail Wrasse live in lagoons and on seaward reefs in the Indo pacific. The intricate structures on the reef help the fish avoid predation. Failing that, the Black Tail Wrasse will also quickly disappear by burying themselves in the sediment.

These Fish have extensive diets. They are able to capture speedy prey, as well as being able to handle soft and shelled animals. They will hunt worms and small crustaceans such as: copepod, isopod, amphipods, small shrimp and crab. When White Dashed Wrasse find food, they signal to the rest of their group that there is something to eat, by making curious clicking noises.

Black Tail Wrasse live in social groups with one dominant male to a few or more females. These fish are protogynous hermaphrodites. Which means when the dominant male perishes, the largest female in the group will turn male and take its place as boss of the harem. As a result, all juvenile Black Tail Wrasse are immature females.

White Dashed Wrasse In the Aquarium.

It is important to copy the natural environment by providing plenty of nooks and crannies. There should also be a good sand bed for the wrasse to hide and sleep in. Hobbyists should get a jump guard to stop any unfortunate losses.

Black Tail Wrasse Juv/Female do best when fed a varied diet. They will accept enriched frozen mysis shrimp and enriched frozen brine shrimp. They will also devour live foods, such as copepods and amphipods, that can be cultivated in attached refugium. Over time they will accept high-quality pellet or flake. We adapt all our wrasse to aquarium life before they leave us. We focus on their health, and most are eating a good quality flake food and/or pellet, such as JBL Maris, before being offered for sale.


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