Anampses femininus is one of the most highly coveted wrasses, and reef fish, for the home aquarium. Normally this species is restricted to fairly deep water in tropical locations like Vanuatu and Eastern Australia. While doing some research on the Easter Island pygmy angelfish, Centropyge hotumatua, we discovered this amazing shot by Picasa Web user Ramon of a school of juvenile and female Femininus wrasses clustered together on a Rapa Nui reef in Easter Island. That ball of fish probably includes more specimens of the gorgeous A. femininus than there are specimens alive in home aquariums in the whole United States. Our hearts skip a beat at the sight of a single Femininus wrasse so we can’t imagine what it would be like to see a ball of these highly desirable labrids weaving in and out of beautiful coral heads like a rare reef fish collector’s ultimate wet dream. How many femininus wrasses can you spot in the image above?
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