Banana Wrasse (Thalassoma lutescens)

Care Level: Easy
Behavior: Aggressive
Reef Compatible: No
Max. Size: Up to 102"
Diet: Carnivore

Banana Wrasse (Thalassoma lutescens)


The Banana Wrasse, otherwise known as the Sunset Wrasse, the Yellow Wrasse, and the Yellow-brown Wrasse, demonstrate gender dimorphism.


Male Banana Wrasses are blue bodied with facial markings in yellow and green. Their dorsal and anal fins are also green in color, while their caudal fins are yellow. Female Banana Wrasses are yellow bodies with the same green facial markings.


It is best to house the Banana Wrasses in a 125 gallon tank or larger with live rocks for hiding and a tight-fitted lid. These fish can be a bit aggressive and should reside with other aggressive fish such as Puffers, Angels, small Triggers, and Tangs. Because they are territorial, they should be added to the aquarium last to avoid having them harass new tank mates. These fish can be kept in reef aquariums but with caution. They do not eat corals or live plants, but they do eat bristleworms and mantis shrimp.



The diet of the Banana Wrasse should include: meaty foods such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp, marine algae, marine pellets, and marine flakes.

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