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Leopard Wrasse

Posted on Sunday, March 14th, 2010 at 11:09 pm by

The Leopard Wrasse, Macropharyngodon meleagris, is an excellent choice for a peaceful community tank and may be housed with other fish of the sam genus. As with all wrasses of the genera Macropharyngodon, all Leopard Wrasses are born female. With the lack of an existing male in the community, one of the females will become male, and shift her color pattern. The females (photo below) are white with irregular black or brown spots and yellow or tans accents on their fins. The males, are a rusty-red color, with green spots on their body, green lines on the head, and a dark spot in on the sides of their head.

Also known as the Blackspotted Wrasse or the Guinea Fowl Wrasse, this beautiful fish may be kept in groups, as long as the group consists of several females and only one male.

This reef-safe wrasse, should be kept in an aquarium that is at least 50 gallons, with a sandbed that may be used by this fish for sleep or escape from a potential predator or aggressive tankmate. In nature, the Leopard Wrasse will eat small invertebrates. A well established reef tank with a refugium and plenty of liverock will put you on the right track to caring for this fish.

The Leopard Wrasse, being a carnivore, should be offered vitamin enriched frozen mysis and brine shrimp, krill, as well as other meaty food and choice pellets and flakes. It may be necessary to offer some live feeder shrimp in cases where the tank does not offer enough, or when this fish seems to be uninterested in frozen food.

Photo by Greg Rothschild

Minimum Tank Size:50 Gallons
Care Level:Difficult
Reef Safe:Yes
Conspecific Safe:Yes, with one male
per tank
Water Parameters:72-78° F, dKH 8-12,
pH 8.1-8.4,
sg 1.020-1.026
Max Size:6"
Color:Female: white, black,
brown, blue
Male:Red-orange, green
Origin:Sri-Lanka, West Pacific

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3 Responses to “Leopard Wrasse”

  1. Coral Outlet says:

    Beautiful wrasse, but tough to keep.

  2. Dominick Ernest says:

    nothings to hard to keep if everything is set up properly…love to see them go to sleep in the sand…

  3. Ralph Scheriff says:

    Difficult shipper, eater, talk mates, stress, ….

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