Grey Head Wrasse


Fish Type: Non-Reef SafeWrasse


Scientific Name: Halichoeres leucurus


Species: Labridae

Color: blue, red, black
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 6"
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gal
Relative Care: Moderate
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The simply-striking Grey Head Wrasse, or Threespot Wrasse has three white lines on either side of its head, three black spots along its back, and three false “eyes” running along its dorsal fin back to a fourth on the tail in Juveniles and Females. Adult male Grey Head Wrasse, sport vivid blue stripes through their face with orange/red spots along the length of their body.

A 70 gallon or larger aquarium with a tight-fitting lid, a 2-3 inch sandy bottom to hide under if frightened, and other peaceful wrasses, including its own species, is an acceptable environment.

It will eat fireworms and pyramidellid snails, protecting corals and clams. In addition, it may eat feather dusters, wild shrimp, tubeworms, and flatworms. It may also eat parasites off of tank mates. Diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.