Ornate Leopard Wrasse

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The Ornate Leopard Wrasse, also known as the False Leopard Wrasse, has a wide distribution across the western Indo-Pacific, New Guinea and Australia. Not as readily available in the aquarium trade unlike other leopard wrasse species, the Ornate leopard wrasse is a beautiful fish with a smaller speckled pattern of various colors and a greater accent of red in its body unlike the standard Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon meleagris). The Ornate leopard wrasse requires exceptional dedication and attention from the hobbyist in order to thrive. Like all members of the genus Macropharyngodon, the Ornate leopard wrasse absolutely requires a moderately-sized to fine sandy substrate in order to be able to bury themselves at night for protection or if felt threatened during daylight. In fact, it is very common for your newly introduced leopard wrasse to immediately bury themselves once released into the aquarium. There are few differences between males and females, each reaching an adult size of approximately 5″.