blackspotted wrasse

Scientific name Macropharyngodon meleagris
Descriptor Valenciennes
Year of description 1839
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Macropharyngodon
Macropharyngodon meleagris Macropharyngodon meleagris


Macropharyngodon meleagris, commonly known as blackspotted wrasse, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    15 cm
  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    15 cm

How to recognize the blackspotted wrasse ?

The blackspotted wrasse measures around 12 cm. The dominant males can however reach 15 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune and vert body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The blackspotted wrasse is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

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


  • Reproduction

The blackspotted 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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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 30 m

Biotope presentation

The blackspotted wrasse is most often found at a depth between 0m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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