The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse

January 4, 2013 by  
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Scott's Fairy WrasseScott’s Fairy Wrasse
“Great Scott! If you’re a beginner in the saltwater hobby, and you want color… I’m the fish for you!”

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse has a rainbow of colors and adds beauty to any marine aquarium!

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse Cirrhilabrus scottorum is one of several fairy wrasses and is on the large side. It’s full grown size is over 5 inches (13 cm) in length. Originating in the South Pacific, it ranges from the Pitcairn group of islands all the way to the east of Australia in the Coral Sea. Usually they hang out around the outer reefs in the foreground or in lagoons. This wrasse is also called the Scott’s Wrasse, the Scott’s Greenback Fairy Wrasse, the Scott’s Velvet Wrasse, the Multicolor Fairy Wrasse, and the Greenback Fairy Wrasse.

The Cirrhilabrus species is one of the most beautiful of the wrasses. The majority of its body is bluish green surrounded by many other colors that gradually blend into it. All the fins and the underbelly are also covered with this blend of colors. You can actually tell the difference between species from other regions because each one has a different blend of colors on their body. The Scott’s Greenback Fairy Wrasse, which comes from close to Australia, are more reddish in the fins and don’t have as distinct of colors. Wrasses which originate in the Cook Islands are more blue in the body, have yellow fins, and have distinct lines between their different colors. Because of the many different color variations, it is thought the different wrasses from different regions may actually be slightly different species!

This wrasse is a great beginner saltwater fish. They are easy to care for, hardy, and quite active! They do best when kept as the only wrasse, but can thrive in a community fish environment or a reef tank… Read More

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