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Blue Star Leopard Wrasse
(Macropharyngodon bipartitus)

Blue Star Leopard Wrasse

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Names

Scientific name
Macropharyngodon bipartitus
Macropharyngodon bipartitus bipartitus
Macropharyngodon varialvus

Common name
Blue Star Leopard Wrasse
Splendid Leopard Wrasse
Rare wrasse
Vermiculate wrasse

Origin

what are its countries of origin?

Origin: Indian Ocean
Natural habitat: Up to 25 m deep, it lives in coral reefs and rocky areas

Dimorphism

what are the physical differences between males and females?

Males have green patterns and their coat is strongly orange while females have blue spots and black lower body.

Group

Group

Labridae

Volume

what is the minimum volume for this species?

200 L / 44 Imp gal / 53 US gal

Parameters

what are the water parameters for the maintenance of this fish?

T°: 24 à 28°C or 75 to 82°F
pH: 7.5 to 8.5
Density: 1021 to 1026

Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy

Size

what is the maximum size of this fish?

10 to 13cm (4 to 5.1")

Longevity

what is the average life expectancy of this fish?

6 to 7 years

Living zone

in which area of the aquarium does this fish live?

Depth

Individuals

sociability of the species

3 (harem)

Food

How to feed the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse?

Food

How to feed the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse?

The worm-eaten whipworm is carnivorous. Offer it artemia, krill, mysis, mussel or fish flesh and occasionally mud worms. For good health, it is imperative to feed it enough and vary its meals as much as possible to avoid deficiencies.

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Palette Blue Star Leopard Wrasse have?

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse have?

This labradoodle has good social skills on the whole. There is a slight aggressiveness towards its fellow creatures.

It is generally active and spends most of its time foraging. To do so, it quietly paces around the landscape. It is peaceful and has a good character.

To sleep, it buries itself in the sand. He can also resort to this solution in case of danger. Moreover, he lives mainly in the lower part of the aquarium. It sometimes searches the substrate in search of small prey.

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse?

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse?

The males of this species cannot tolerate the presence of rivals on the territory. Only one male per aquarium will be kept. As for the females, you can put two with the male. The dominant will be the bigger of the two.

He is very respectful of corals and will not degrade them. The only exception will be for the tubeworms which he eats greedily. Avoid them!

Lively or aggressive fish can harm this fish. It may decide to escape such roommates by jumping out of the aquarium.

Breeding

How to breed the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse?

Breeding

How to breed the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse?

Impossible in captivity.

Interesting fact: all the fry are female. It's only as they grow that some will turn into males. Living in a trio (the male and his two females), the larger female is the dominant one. If the male dies, she is likely to turn into a male!

Macropharyngodon bipartitus reproduction

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse?

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse?

The ideal habitat will consist of numerous rocks, algae and invertebrates. You've no doubt guessed that these are the basic elements of a reef aquarium!

Arrange your rocks so that they form corridors and crevices that allow the fish to move around out of sight. There should also be plenty of hiding places. Put a good layer of sand in your aquarium so that the plow can burrow in.

The water quality is sensitive enough, so keep nitrate levels as low as possible. To do this, plan for good filtration and regular water changes.

Finally, cover your aquarium because it can jump out of the water. However, this behaviour is not normal: it is a symptom of something wrong, usually a roommate who is a little too agitated…

Good To know

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Good To know

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Like most Macropharyngodon, this species is quite difficult to acclimatize. After this tricky time, the worm-eaten wrasse is a robust and tough fish.

Males can be distinguished from juveniles and females by their different coloration. They have green patterns while females have blue dots and the lower body is black.

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