Scott’s Fairy Wrasse


Fish Type: Reef SafeWrasse


Scientific Name: Cirrhilabrus scottorum


Species: Labridae

Color: Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow
Aggressiveness: Caution Needed
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 6"
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse, also known as the Black-fin or Blackedge Fairy Wrasse, originates from the waters of Australia, Cook Islands, and Fiji, and each location represents a color variation of Cirrhilabrus scottorum.

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse from Fiji is also known as Scott’s Greenback Fairy Wrasse and is mostly green in color with a striking black margin on the dorsal fin. Scott’s Fairy Wrasse originating from Cook Islands is bluer in coloration with yellow fins and contains more definitive breaks between the colors. The variety collected from Australia contains more red within the fins and the break in coloration within the body is less dramatic. The male and female of this species are similarly colored, but when courting, the male will display increased color intensity. Colors may vary depending on the fish’s mood.

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse is a very peaceful, active fish that will bring both color and activity to a fish-only or reef aquarium of 90 gallons or larger. They will not bother any corals or invertebrates making them a perfect fish for the reef aquarium. These wrasses like to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is recommended.

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse 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.

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