Black Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon kuiteri)

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Black Leopard Wrasse

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Black Leopard Wrasse

Macropharyngodon kuiteri

208 Litres (55 US G.)

8.9-10.2cm (3.5-4 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods

8-12 years



Additional names

Black Leopard Wrasse, Kuiter's Leopard Wrasse, Kuiter's Wrasse, Ear-Spot Wrasse


Presently found only from New Caledonia to the southern Great Barrier Reef and New South Wales (Australia).


Protogynous hermaphrodites; females are red, and black with blue spotting. Males are maroon-red with green stripes.

Tank compatibility

Mixes well with peaceful tankmates.


Reputed as a finicky eater; pellets, as well as live/frozen food will work.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Keep in a spacious tank with hiding places, as well as open swimming space. The tank should be mature and well filtered.


A peaceful active shoaling fish. The lead fish of the shoal is one male over several females. Keeping several males can induce sparring.


A protogynous hermaphrodite, where the females are red with white spots, and a white face with red spots, while juveniles of this species have spots called ocelli on their dorsal and anal fins, which are lacking in the adults. Males have beautiful pink banding on the face and cheeks..

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