- Feb 12, 2020
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Beautiful! I want to add couple more wrasse to my tank but don't see many fish at LFS anymore in my area. where do you buy your fish?
Despite looking remarkably similar to Macropharyngodon, it was described in 1947 as Halichoeres lapillus. Randall later revised Macropharyngodon in 1978, but failed to find any of the diagnostic pharyngeal teeth in H. lapillus. The species therefore remained in Halichoeres
No wonder I mistake it for a Leopard. I did some reading about that fish and this was what I found regarding Halichoeres lapillus by Lemon TeaYK:
It has to be dead, havent seen it in forever.
It's quite possible just a case of mistaken identity; the femininus may appear as a rival cleaner to the cleaner wrasse.I know, it’s inexplicable, the other Fem has taken flight and buried itself (hopefully ok), I don’t understand why the Feminus though, a reminder that any fish can go rogue, i can only put it down to grumpy old fish syndrome.. I’m faced with a difficult decision now, I’ve stressed the whole tank out now trying to catch the thing, I may just have to let nature take its course or risk my other fish... I’ll try the trap tomorrow when they have chilled out over night....
It's definitely genus dependent. Paracheilinus do have a shorter life span than that; the 3-4 year mark is about it.Most wrasses live for aprox 5-7 years for me....for some reason this guy only lasted about 3, but it did grow quickly from a 1”juvi.
Tricky question... The tank space works in your favor for sure, but some Macropharyngodon males are just belligerent towards other Macropharyngodon males. It's definitely a "cross your fingers" type of scenario.I have two Meleagris Leopard, female and juvenile, and one male Black Leopard.Anybody knw if my larger Meleagris Leopard was to turn male, will there be peace between the two male leopard? I don't think they are in the same clade, and don't really look a like at all. Any opinion?
Yeah, it's a species with an interesting history. It is much more Macropharyngodon in behavior though. The thinking is generally that it's an ancestral branch point for Halichoeres.No wonder I mistake it for a Leopard. I did some reading about that fish and this was what I found regarding Halichoeres lapillus by Lemon TeaYK: