Ornate Leopard Wrasse


Fish Type: Reef SafeWrasse


Scientific Name: Macropharyngodon ornatus


Species: Labridae

Color: Blue, Green, Orange, Tan, Yellow
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 5"
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gal
Relative Care: Expert
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Ornate Leopard Wrasse, also known as the False Leopard Wrasse will make a beautiful addition to the advanced or expert only aquarists display aquarium. Like other members of the genus Macropharyngodon these fishes require a fine sandy substrate as they bury themselves at night for protection. They require a very well-established aquarium as they naturally hunt for small crustaceans throughout the day.

Leopard Wrasse are challenging fish to adapt to a captive environment, but in the hands of the expert reef aquarist who can provide these fishes with the proper care and environment, they can thrive and make for an incredible display. It is ideal to introduce Leopard Wrasse to the display aquarium well before any larger or more active fishes are introduced, so that they have ample time to settle in and adapt to their new environment and start feeding on prepared foods well. If trying to maintain a small group of these fishes, introducing them simultaneously into the display is ideal. Like other Labroids these fishes have the ability to change sex, as the most dominant fish in the group can turn into a fully functioning male.

The Ornate Leopard Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high-quality marine flake and marine pellet food.