Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon meleagris)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 91 ft. Size: 6 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Forams, small snails, copepods, invertebrate eggs, algae, detritus
Natural History: The Leopard Wrasse is found in lagoons and reef flats. It is usually encountered singly or in small groups. It is also found in turbulent areas of the reef. Males are orangish-red with black-edged green spots while females are pale green with dark brown spots.
Husbandry: The Leopard Wrasse should be housed in an aquarium with live sand and rock. It will burrow at night or when threatened. Only one male leopard wrasse should be housed per community aquarium.
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