The Dark Striped Dottyback (Labracinus melanotaenia) is also known as the Two Banded Dottyback and the Emperor Devil. They have an orange-red body coloration with several faint colored dotted lines along the body with a greenish shaded face. They are often mistaken for the Fire Tailed Dottyback (Labracinus cyclophthalmus) as they are quite similar in appearance.
Thankfully they are a hardy Dottyback species that will add life and color to any reef keepers aquarium. They can be kept in small groups providing they are all introduced at the same time and will love to eat problematic pests such as small Mantis Shrimp and Bristle Worms.
Dottybacks are a valued asset to most reef keepers in the hobby as they are usually small and often brightly colored. The Dark Striped Dottyback is quite often found alone and occasionally in small groups along coral reefs and rocky reef slopes. They live inside reef structures, often at the back of caves and are a very territorial and aggressive about their boundaries. They enjoy darting in and out of rocky crevices and recesses of seaward facing reefs in moderate surge zones where they feed on small fish and invertebrates.
Dark Striped Dottyback 6-10 cm
Dark Striped Dottyback
Scientific Name Labracinus melanotaenia Origin Japan, Philippines Max Size 20 cm Reef Safe Yes Min Tank Size Medium Diet Carnivore Care Level Moderate Temperament Semi-Aggressive