black leopard wrasse

Scientific name Macropharyngodon kuiteri
Descriptor Randall
Year of description 1978
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Macropharyngodon
Macropharyngodon kuiteri Macropharyngodon kuiteri

Introduction

Macropharyngodon kuiteri, commonly known as black leopard wrasse, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    10 cm
  • Pattern
    drawn scales
  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    10 cm
  • Pattern
    drawn scales

How to recognize the black leopard wrasse ?

The black leopard wrasse measures around 8 cm. The dominant males can however reach 10 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune, bleu, vert and orange body. The also has blanc drawn scales.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

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

Although the black leopard wrasse is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species. It also shows signs of aggression towards its conspecifics.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare

The black leopard wrasse is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

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

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    5 - 55 m

Biotope presentation

The black leopard wrasse is most often found at a depth between 5m and 55m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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