Dragon Wrasse

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Description of the Dragon Wrasse

The Dragon Wrasse is also known as the Rockmover Wrasse, Carpet Wrasse, Bar-Cheeked Wrasse, Olive-scribbled Wrasse and Reindeer Wrasse. The Juvenile looks completely different to the mature adult, the picture above shows a Juvenile. It requires a tank with a sandy bottom as it burrows into the sand to sleep. Like other Wrasse's it has the ability to jump so ensure the tank has a secure lid.

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Popular Name: Dragon Wrasse
Species: Novaculichthys taeniourus

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Dragon Wrasse

Profile of the Dragon Wrasse
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Dragon Wrasse species.

  • Size: Up to 30cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 24-28 Degrees. PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Brine Shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, Frozen, Dried Marine Food

  • Temperament: Very Territorial

  • Habitat: Marine Reef Dweller at depths of up to 25m

  • Behaviour: Can jump, ensure the tank has a lid!

  • Range: Indo-Pacific

 

Scientific Classification of the Dragon Wrasse
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Novaculichthys taeniourus

  • Popular Name: Rockmover Wrasse - Dragon Wrasse - Reindeer Wrasse - Carpet Wrasse - Bar-Cheeked Wrasse - Olive-scribbled Wrasse

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Labridae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Dragon Wrasse?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Dragon Wrasse slimy?
Dragon Wrasse secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Dragon Wrasse to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Dragon Wrasse have gills?
Gills enable the Dragon Wrasse to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Dragon Wrasse have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Dragon Wrasse has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Dragon Wrasse has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Dragon Wrasse has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Dragon Wrasse has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Dragon Wrasse

Dragon Wrasse

  • Interesting Information about Dragon Wrasse

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Dragon Wrasse slimy?

  • Why do the Dragon Wrasse have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Dragon Wrasse have fins?

  • Species: Novaculichthys taeniourus

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