The Ornate Leopard Wrasse, also known as the Macropharyngodon ornatus, is a species of marine fish that belongs to the family Labridae. These wrasses are primarily found in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, particularly in the areas around the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
Here are some key characteristics of the Ornate Leopard Wrasse:
Appearance: The Ornate Leopard Wrasse has a striking and vibrant coloration. Its body is elongated and laterally compressed, with a pointed snout and a large mouth. The base color of the body is bluish-purple, and it is adorned with intricate, maze-like patterns of bright green, red, and orange. The fins are also beautifully patterned with vibrant colors.
Size: They typically reach a maximum length of about 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 centimeters) when fully grown.
Behavior: Ornate Leopard Wrasses are generally peaceful, solitary fish that inhabit reef environments. They spend a significant amount of time swimming near the bottom, where they search for small invertebrates and zooplankton to feed on. These wrasses are known for their incredible ability to change their sex during their lifespan. They start off as females and, if needed, can change into males.
Aquarium Care: If you're interested in keeping an Ornate Leopard Wrasse in an aquarium, it's important to provide them with a suitable environment. They require a tank with plenty of hiding places, such as live rock formations and crevices, as they like to seek shelter. The tank should also have a sandy substrate, as they may burrow occasionally. It's recommended to provide a well-established reef environment with moderate to high water flow. They require a balanced diet of meaty foods, including small invertebrates and high-quality prepared foods.
- Care level: Expert
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Diet: Carnivore
- Reef Compatible: Yes
- Family: Labridae
- Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons
- Size: 2" inches