Ohaguro Wrasse, Malachite Wrasse

(Pteragogus aurigarius)

Native to the coast of Japan and Taiwan, this species is seldom encountered in the aquarium hobby.  We come across these maybe twice a year.  Feeds on small fish and crustations.  We found that keeping them with moderate current flowing kelp decorations and providing them a variety diet was the key to successful long-term captivity.  Smaller fish have a much duller pattern until they mature.  This species like most wrasses is able to change sex with age.