Fish Species

Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse - Description

The Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse is also known as the Louse Eating Wrasse or Cleaner Wrasse. As its name suggests, its job is to remove parasites from other fish.

It can be identified by its vibrant yellow and purple coloring and its dancing like motion through the water as it swims. It is not recommended for the aquarium environment as it is difficult to feed.

Popular Name: Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse
Species: Labroides phthirophagus

Profile of the Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse species.

  • Size: Up to 12cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Flaked or Frozen Marine Food

  • Temperament: Passive, Good addition to community tank

  • Habitat: Marine Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 90m

  • Behaviour: Cleans parasites from other fish

  • Range: Eastern Central Pacific, Hawaiian and Johnston Islands

Scientific Classification of the Hawaiian Cleaner 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: Labroides phthirophagus

  • Popular Name: Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse - Louse Eating Wrasse - Cleaner Wrasse - Cleaner Royal Wrasse

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Labridae

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


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