The Purple Tailed Dottyback (Pseudochromis luteus) is also known as the Orange Dottyback. The males have a bright orange-pink body color with a yellow face and tail, while with females are a dull greenish-gray body coloration with a fluorescent purple tail.
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 if they are introduced at the same time.
Dottybacks are a valued asset to most reef keepers in the hobby as they are usually small and often brightly colored. The Purple Tailed 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.
Purple Tailed Dottyback 3-6 cm
Purple Tailed Dottyback
Scientific Name Pseudochromis luteus Origin Japan, Philippines Max Size 5 cm Reef Safe Yes Min Tank Size Medium Diet Carnivore Care Level Moderate Temperament Semi-Aggressive