The Blue Star Leopard Wrasse, also known as the Macropharyngodon bipartitus, is a species of marine fish that belongs to the family Labridae. It is a colorful and popular aquarium fish known for its striking blue coloration and unique pattern of leopard-like spots.
Here are some key characteristics of the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse:
Appearance: The Blue Star Leopard Wrasse has a slender, elongated body with a pointed snout and a single, continuous dorsal fin. It exhibits a beautiful electric blue coloration on its body, which is covered in black or dark blue leopard-like spots. The fins may have a yellow or orange tint.
Size: These wrasses can reach a maximum length of about 5-6 inches (12-15 centimeters) when fully grown.
Behavior: The Blue Star Leopard Wrasse is generally peaceful but can be territorial, especially towards other wrasses or similar-shaped fish. It is recommended to keep them in larger aquariums with plenty of hiding places and open swimming space.
Habitat and Distribution: They are native to the Western Pacific Ocean, specifically the Indo-Pacific region, including areas such as the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Great Barrier Reef. They inhabit coral reefs, lagoons, and other shallow marine environments.
Diet: In the wild, Blue Star Leopard Wrasses primarily feed on small invertebrates, such as worms, crustaceans, and other small organisms. In aquariums, they can be fed a varied diet consisting of high-quality marine flakes, pellets, and frozen or live foods like brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and small worms.
Aquarium Care: To keep a Blue Star Leopard Wrasse in an aquarium, it is essential to provide a well-established and stable marine environment. They require a tank with live rock formations to provide hiding spots and areas to forage. They prefer a sandy substrate, as they may sift through it looking for food. Adequate filtration, regular water changes, and proper lighting are also important for their well-being.
It's worth noting that some species of Leopard Wrasses, including the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse, have complex social systems involving sequential hermaphroditism, where individuals change their sex from female to male. This behavior can be observed in larger aquariums or in the wild.
- Care level: Expert
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Diet: Carnivore
- Reef Compatible: Yes
- Family: Labridae
- Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Size: Medium: 2" to 3"