Macropharyngodon meleagris

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Macropharyngodon meleagris
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Labriformes
Family: Labridae
Genus: Macropharyngodon
M. meleagris
Binomial name
Macropharyngodon meleagris
(Valenciennes, 1839)
  • Julis meleagris Valenciennes, 1839
  • Leptojulis pardalis Kner, 1867
  • Macropharyngodon pardalis (Kner, 1867)
  • Platyglossus nigromaculatus Günther, 1872
  • Halichoeres nigropunctatus Seale, 1901
  • Wetmorella nigropunctata (Seale, 1901)

Macropharyngodon meleagris, the black-spotted wrasse, Eastern leopard wrasse or reticulated wrasse,[3] is a species of ray-finned fish from the family Labridae, the wrasses. This species is native to the eastern Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It lives on coral reefs at depths of from the surface to 30 metres (98 ft). This species can reach a length of 15 centimetres (5.9 in) SL. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2] Juveniles display different color patterns than adults with dominating light colors and eyespots blending in with soft coral habitats and potentially avoiding predation.[4]


  1. ^ Craig, M. & Yeeting, B. (2010). "Macropharyngodon meleagris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2010: e.T187692A8602462. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T187692A8602462.en. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). "Macropharyngodon meleagris" in FishBase. August 2019 version.
  3. ^ Dianne J. Bray. "Macropharyngodon meleagris". Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  4. ^ Bos, Arthur R. (2016). "Soft corals provide microhabitat for camouflaged juveniles of the Blackspotted wrasse Macropharyngodon meleagris (Labridae)". Marine Biodiversity. 46 (1): 299–301. doi:10.1007/s12526-015-0332-x.

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