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?
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.