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


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


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

Tank compatibility[edit]

Mixes well with peaceful tankmates.


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

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

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


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


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


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