Peacock Wrasse (Iniistius pavo)

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Peacock Wrasse

Juvenile Blue Razor Wrasse.jpg
Juvenile Peacock Wrasse

Iniistius pavo

757 Litres (200 US G.)

28-41 cm (11-16.1")


8.0 - 8.5

22.2-23.9°C (72 -75 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Peacock Wrasse, Peacock Razorfish, Blue Razorfish, Black Razorfish, Black-Barred Razorfish, Indianfish, Leaf Wrasse, Pavo Razorfish, Razor Wrasse, Red-Belly Razor Wrasse

Additional scientific names

Iniistius pavoninus, Xyrichtys pavo, Hemipteronotus pavo, Novacula tetrazona

Sexing[edit | edit source]

The female's belly has red hues whereas the males does not.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Not often kept in captivity due its large size and need for a very large tank. Best kept in a large species tank or with similar sized peaceful fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should accept most meaty foods.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Prefers a course sand substrate with plenty of open swimming space.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A solitary fish. Will dive into the substrate if threatened.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An unusual looking fish, juveniles are known to mimic dead leaves by holding the elongate detached front part of dorsal fin forward over head. They have a dark vertical band under each eye and usually with up to 5 dark bands down the body when adult. The first two dorsal spines form a separate fin and this fin forms a long, banner-like filament but shortens with age.

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