Green Birdmouth Wrasse, Male

(Gomphosus caeruleus)

Provide Gomphosus Wrasse should be provided a well established large aquarium with plenty of swim room as they are constant day swimmers. Gomphosus Wrasse develop long beaks as they mature giving them their common name of Bird Wrasse. They use their long beaks to probe coral branches and crevices for crustaceans. Females are generally smaller than males and juveniles are harder to id as they have not developed the prominent beak. Wrasse are hermaphrodites meaning they start as juveniles/females but at some point in their life may turn into a male. Provide a diet rich in meaty based foods multiple times daily. Wrasse are jumpers be sure to provide an aquarium with a tight fitting lid.

Green Birdmouth Wrasse are also sometimes known as Birdfish, Blue Clubnosed or Indian Ocean Bird Wrasse. Occasionally seen in the aquarium trade. Male and female Green Birdmouth Wrasse will have different coloration. Males are generally a dark green and a white tipped tail while females are black with a white to yellow belly and tail. Green Birdmouth Wrasse can grow to almost 12".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 100 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareEasyEasy
  • Behavior: BehaviorSocialSocial BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietFlake FoodFlake Food DietLive FoodLive Food DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef
  • Light: LightMediumMedium