Vermiculate Wrasse (Macropharyngodon bipartitus bipartitus)

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Vermiculate Wrasse

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Vermiculate Wrasse

Macropharyngodon bipartitus bipartitus

284 Litres (75 US G.)

10-13 cm (3.9-5.1")


8.0 - 8.4

21.1-23.9°C (70 -75 °F)

8-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

2-3 years



Additional names

Vermiculate Wrasse, Splendid Leopard Wrasse, Divided Leopard Wrasse, Blue Star Leopard Wrasse, Rare Wrasse, Diamond Wrasse

Additional scientific names

Macropharyngodon varialvus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found from Zanzibar to Mozambique and Aldabra, Sychelles, Réunion, Mauritius and Maldives, South Africa (Kwa-Zulu-Natal), Chagos Archipelago, southern Oman, Rodrigues, and Yemen.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Protogynous hermaphrodites; females are red, and black with blue spotting. Males are maroon-red with green stripes.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Mixes well with peaceful tankmates.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Reputed as a finicky eater; pellets, as well as live/frozen food will work.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Keep in a spacious tank with hiding places, as well as open swimming space. The tank should be mature and well filtered.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful active shoaling fish. The lead fish of the shoal is one male over several females. Keeping several males can induce sparring.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A protogynous hermaphrodite, where the females are red-black, with blue markings, with males red-black with green markings.

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