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05/22/2009, 02:29 PM
i just purchased a beautiful terminal male pink margin fairy wrasse and will be recieving him saturday morning ! so i can have a full understanding of the terminology could you please explain what a" terminal male " is so i can be a bit more educated in my wrasse filled world ?
thanks Dave

05/22/2009, 02:46 PM

Thank you for contacting us. Congratulations on purchasing the gorgeous, male, Pink Margin Fairy Wrasse. In March we posted some very beneficial information on the different phases of Labrid Fishes.

The definition of Terminal Phase Male is Terminal (Secondary) Phase Males- “Describe the largest female in a harem or group of fish that undergoes transformation into a territory-holding male, or is when an Initial (Primary) Phase Male changes its coloration and behavior into a territory-holding male, but never changes sex. Terminal (Secondary) Phase Males always exhibit the most vibrant coloration, dominate the harem or group, and take priority in obtaining food and in spawning.”

If you would like to read this post, you may wish to click on the following link:

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us. We are happy to help.

Stacie R.
Technical Support
LiveAquaria.com (http://www.liveaquaria.com/)

05/22/2009, 02:50 PM
thanks for your timely response and again thanks for the information !

05/22/2009, 05:30 PM

Thank you for your inquiry. We sincerely apologize, as the incorrect link was given in our previous message. The thread with the Wrasse definitions can be found here (http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1602455). Again, we apologize for any confusion.

Mike S.
LiveAquaria (http://www.liveaquaria.com)
Drs. Foster and Smith (http://www.drsfostersmith.com)