Vermiculate Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon bipartitus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean
Depth: 10 to 98 ft. Size: 4.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Forams, small snails, small crustaceans
Natural History: The Vermiculate Leopard Wrasse is found over sand and rocky rubble on lagoons and reef faces or slopes. While males are generally observed singly, the females are often observed in small groups, often with juveniles. Females are differently colored than males - females have a large mottled white-on-black area on the operculum and anterior region of the abdomen. They are also distinctly spotted and not striped. Males have green and purple striping and mottling over their entire body.
Husbandry: The Vermiculate Leopard Wrasse 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 on the rock. It is peaceful with other unrelated species but may be territorial with other Leopard Wrasses. Only one male should be housed per tank.
AKA: Splendid Leopard Wrasse, Divided Wrasse
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