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Fairy Wrasse


The size of a fairy wrasse can vary depending on the specific species, but most species are relatively small, with an average length of about 2 to 3 inches. 

They are generally colorful fish, with vivid patterns and colors on their bodies, and they are known for their playful and active behavior.

Fairy wrasses are found in a variety of marine habitats, including coral reefs and lagoons. They are native to the waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and they are commonly found in areas with a rich diversity of coral and other marine life. 

They are generally found at depths ranging from a few feet to several hundred feet, and they are known to be active during the day, when they can be seen swimming and foraging for food.

Fairy wrasses are opportunistic feeders, and their diet can vary depending on what is available in their environment. In the wild, they primarily feed on small crustaceans, such as shrimp and crabs, as well as small mollusks and other invertebrates. 

They are also known to feed on algae and other plant matter. In captivity, fairy wrasses can be fed a diet of frozen or live meaty foods, such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp, as well as a variety of commercial fish foods.

Like many other species of fish, the blue tang is a social creature and can often be found swimming in large groups or schools. They are also highly active, constantly moving and exploring their surroundings in search of food.

Fairy wrasses are members of the Labridae family, which is a large and diverse group of fish that includes more than 600 species. Within the Labridae family, fairy wrasses belong to the genus Cirrhilabrus, which contains more than 80 known species. 

The most well-known species of fairy wrasse is the red-and-purple-striped Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis, which is commonly found on coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean. 

Other popular species of fairy wrasse include the pink-and-yellow Cirrhilabrus solorensis and the blue-and-yellow Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura.

Fairy Wrasse Graphic
"Cirrhilabrus wakanda - The Vibranium Fairy Wrasse" by Luiz Rocha © California Academy of Sciences is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.
Rose-Banded (Pink-Banded) Fairy Wrasse Clickable
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"Yellowflanked fairy wrasse, terminal phase - Cirrhilabrus ryukyuensis" by zsispeo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
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"Exquisite fairy wrasse (Cirrhilabrus exquisitus)" by krokodiver is licensed under CC BY 2.0.