Leopard Wrasse, Macropharyngodon meleagris (Valenciennes 1839)

Other Names: Blackspotted Wrasse, Eastern Leopard Wrasse, Reticulated Wrasse

A female Leopard Wrasse, Macropharyngodon meleagris, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

Males (terminal phase) are reddish-orange with a greenish spot on each scale (spots edged in blue and black), a black spot containing a few smaller yellow spots on the shoulder, and greenish bands on the head. Females and juveniles are whitish to greenish with numerous large irregular black spots.

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Leopard Wrasse, Macropharyngodon meleagris (Valenciennes 1839)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384136

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm SL

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