Vermiculate Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon bipartitus) Care
The Vermiculate Leopard Wrasse, Macropharyngodon bipartitus, is also known as the Rare Wrasse and the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse. These fish come from the Western Indian Ocean. Females and juveniles are an orange-brown body with white spots. Males have a dark brown to orange body with green bands on the head and fins.
These wrasses are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp, high-quality frozen foods, pieces of fresh seafood, and flake and pellet foods. They require expert care because they can be very finicky eaters. Having a refugium attached to your tank will provide the small crustaceans, tiny snails, copepods, and zooplankton they need to thrive.
Vermiculate Leopard Wrasses can reach up to 6″ and require an aquarium of at least 50 gallons with plenty of live rock and a fine sand bed. They get along with most fish, except other male wrasses.
They are reef safe and will not bother coral nor fish. They may eat the tiniest of invertebrates though.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 1½” to 2”
Small-Medium: 2” to 2½”
Medium: 2½” to 3¼”
Medium-Large: 3¼” to 4”
Large: 4” to 4½”
Extra Large: 4½” to 5½”