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Ornate Leopard Wrasse

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Macropharyngodon ornatus - (Randall, 1978)
Ornate Leopard Wrasse

Keep this attractive species with live rock to enable it to forage on the associated micro-invertebrate fauna. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This strikingly patterned wrasse is not a threat to most ornamental invertebrates and will aid the reef aquarist in controlling pyramidellid snails and commensal flatworms.

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

  • False Leopard
  • Ornate Wrasse

Native range:

Habitat: In the wild, this species is found inhabiting lagoon and sheltered seaward reefs, in areas with mixed sand, rubble, and coral.

Maximum length: 13 cm (5 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Keep in a tank with live rock. Although it should be fed a variety of prepared and live foods once a day, the presence of live rock will enable it to forage continually on the associated micro-invertebrate fauna (e.g., foraminiferans). It is a good practice to replace an old piece of live rock from time to time with a new one to replenish the natural stocks of food.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

This fish is rarely aggressive toward other species or even members of its own species. If you want to keep more than one M. ornatus in your tank, however, it is advisable to add them all at the same time and to keep only one male per tank.

[edit] Special Care

It is easily intimidated by aggressive fishes and will perish in competitive situations. A 2-in. (5-cm) layer of fine sand will increase your chances of success.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Ornate Leopard WrasseRDF feed
Common name Ornate Leopard Wrasse  +, False Leopard  +, and Ornate Wrasse  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Macropharyngodon  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 5 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 30 gal  +
Native range Sri Lanka  +, Western Australia  +, Indonesia  +, and New Guinea  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name ornatus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +