Potter's Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon geoffroyi)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Hawaiian Islands
Depth: 20 to 104 ft. Size: 6.25 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Benthic invertebrates (prosobranch gastropods, foraminiferans, copepods, amphipods)
Natural History: The Potter's Leopard Wrasse is found on coral and boulder reefs, as well as reef faces and slopes. It is observed singly or in pairs. Females are more orange overall with blue spot whereas males have reddish orange median areas on the dorsal fin along with blue lines on the face.
Husbandry: Potter's Leopard Wrasse suffers from shipping stress but those individuals out of Hawaii tend to fare better. It should be housed in an aquarium with live sand and rock. It feeds on very small organisms which it will find in the sand and rock. It is naturally resistant to ich and velvet diseases but vulnerable to copper medications. It is peaceful with other unrelated species but may be territorial with other Potter's Leopard Wrasses. Only one male should be housed per tank.
AKA: Shortnosed Leopard Wrasse
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