The Scarlet wrasse is an elongate fish of typical wrasse shape. Young fish have a red head and horizontal redish and white lines on their sides, with three pale orangish spots at the base of the dorsal fin. The tail is orange with a black vertical bar at its base. Older males have a bright red body, yellow flanks and belly and a prominent white patch behind the head.
- Scientific Name: Pseudolabrus miles
- Habitat: Found around New Zealand in deeper offshore reefs areas at depths of between 5 and 100 metres
- Temperament: Can be aggressive.
- Tank Age/Maturity: 1000 litres preferably larger as it can be aggressive to its own species when larger.
- Diet: Scarlet wrasses feed on a variety of invertebrates, hermit and other crabs, molluscs, and echinoderms Will eat anything you feed it
- Threatened Species: N/A
- Special Requirements: Not recommended, beautiful but very aggressive fish, very easy to keep but only suited to a very large tank with other large fish not of the wrasse family. Would attack and nip fins of all fish, very territorial but friendly not shy.
- Size: 20 - 40cm
- Marine Stage: N/A