Macropharyngodon kuiteri Randall, 1978
Black leopard wrasse
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  10 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 5 - 55 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: presently known only from New Caledonia to the southern Great Barrier Reef and New South Wales (Australia).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal soft rays: 12. Body light orangish with a bluish white spot on each scale, a large black spot on opercle rimmed in blue and a small blackish spot behind eye. Teeth spatulate (except canine at corner of mouth). Caudal peduncle short, its length 2.3 to 2.5 in least depth (Ref 9823).
Biology:  Occurs inshore (Ref. 75154). Found in areas of mixed sand, rubble, and algae (Ref. 9710).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 19 February 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 22.05.95
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 04.09.14

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