The Yellow and Purple Wrasse, otherwise known as the Four Spot Wrasse or the White Wrasse, change with maturation. As juveniles, their top halves are yellow, while their lower halves shift from white to purple. Once they mature, they lose the purple coloring and they adopt a pinkish-white coloration.


It is best to house the Yellow and Purple Wrasse in a 50 gallon tank or larger with sand at the bottom for hiding and live rock for grazing. These fish are known for jumping, so it is important to keep a tight lid and a canopy. They can be kept in reef aquariums, but with caution. They eat fireworms, pyramidellid snails, protecting corals, and clams, and they may feed on wild shrimp, feather dusters, tubeworms, and flatworms.



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

Yellow & Purple Wrasse (Halichoeres leucoxanthus)


Scientific Name: Halichoeres leucoxanthus)
Care Level: Moderate
Behavior:  Peaceful
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Max. Size: Up to 5"
Diet: Carnivore

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