vermiculate wrasse

Scientific name Macropharyngodon bipartitus
Descriptor Smith
Year of description 1957
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Macropharyngodon
Macropharyngodon bipartitus Macropharyngodon bipartitus


Macropharyngodon bipartitus, commonly known as vermiculate wrasse, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    11 cm
  • Maximum size
    13 cm
  • Longevity
    7 year
  • Average size
    11 cm
  • Maximum size
    13 cm
  • Longevity
    7 year

How to recognize the vermiculate wrasse ?

The vermiculate wrasse measures around 11 cm. The dominant males can however reach 13 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune, bleu, vert, orange and blanc body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The vermiculate wrasse is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path. However, she may show some signs of aggression with conspecifics.


  • Reproduction

The vermiculate wrasse is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    23 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 30 m

Biotope presentation

The vermiculate wrasse is most often found at a depth between 1m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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