Ornate Wrasse (Macropharyngodon ornatus)

Also known as False Leopard, False Leopard Wrasse, Ornate Leopard Wrasse, Sand-reef Wrasse, Western Leopard Wrasse

Description

Also known as False Leopard, False Leopard Wrasse, Ornate Leopard Wrasse, Sand-reef Wrasse, Western Leopard Wrasse.

Found singly or in small schools over mixed coral, rubble and sand bottoms of sheltered lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on benthic invertebrates.
Males completely different colouring often mistaken for separate species.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 2-30m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Most reef fish seen by divers during the day are grazers, that cruise around just above the surface of the coral or snoop into crevices looking for algae, worms and small crustaceans.
Wrasses have small protruding teeth and graze the bottom taking in a variety of snails, worms, crabs, shrimps and eggs. Any hard coats or thick shells are then ground down by their pharyngeal jaws and the delicacies inside digested.
From juvenile to adult wrasses dramatically alter their colour and body shapes.
Wrasses are always on the go during the day, but are the first to go to bed and the last to rise.
Small wrasses dive below the sand to sleep and larger wrasses wedge themselves in crevasses. (edit) Ref: https://www.fishbase.de/summary/12724

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