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Pencil Wrasses, Genus
|by Bob Fenner
The eight species of "Pencil Wrasses" are of the
"ultra-advanced" reef keeper's domain (3's). These
fishes define the word "touchy" with most dying in transit
from the wild or mysteriously "overnight". Males of the
species are colorful, whereas the females of all species are generally
uniformly orangish in color. Other unidentified Pseudojuloides are
appearing in the trade as time goes by. Be wary of these
"Pencils"; they're unpredictably sensitive as well.
|Pseudojuloides atavai Randall & Randall
1981, the Polynesian Wrasse. This is a female of the species.
Unfortunately a member of a very touchy aquarium genus (often
commonly called Pencil Wrasses). These fishes handle capture,
shipping and handling very poorly. Found on the islands of the
Pacific Plate, Guam to Society, Tuamotus.
|Pseudojuloides cerasinus (Snyder 1904), the
Smalltail Pencil Wrasse (3)(male pictured) is the only member of
the genus to be offered in any number. Even out of Hawai'i,
specimens are difficult to keep alive. At right, juvenile, female
and male in Hawai'i.
|Pseudojuloides severnsi Bellwood &
Randall, 2000. Indo-West Pacific; Sri Lanka, Ryukyu Islands,
Indonesia. To about four inches in length.