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Blue Star Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon bipartitus)


The Blue Star Leopard Wrasse or Macropharyngodon bipartitus is one of the over 500 different species of Wrasse Fish in the world. This particular species is from the Labridae family, and goes by a few different names including the Vermiculite Wrasse, and the Divided Wrasse.  These fish originate from Africa, and are quite small, only growing to about 5" in maximum length.  

As you can see, they are brilliantly colored with yellows, oranges, browns and a series of light blue spots that cover its body. Their distinct coloration makes them a favorite pet for an aquarium. If you are considering buying a Blue Star Leopard Wrasse for your tank you should know that they thrive under the following water conditions, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 and sg 1.020-1.025. These saltwater fish are not very easy to care for, and require an aquarium of about 60 gallons or more. They are carnivores that should be fed brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, pellet food, flake food and other meaty preparations.  You can check out a Blue Star Leopard Wrasse in an aquarium in the video below...

If you have any additional information about Blue Star Leopard Wrasse including care tips please leave us a comment.




2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You should have a refugium for these guys! Theyare pretty much impossible to keep alive without one!

Anonymous said...

Those are such interesting fish! I'd love 2 have a few, but my tank is WAY to small!
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