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Photo of the Week - Male Macropharyngodon kuiteri

Macropharyngodon kuiteri is an inshore fish of the western pacific, predominately found in sand and rubble zones. Males show up less frequently than the females, which are already somewhat uncommon in the trade.

In captivity, this leopard wrasse poses the same challenges as the rest; maintaining the wild feeding response, and having an adequate depth sand bed are of paramount importance to a successful transition to captivity. They make good candidates for lightly stocked reef aquaria; too much competition for food will leave them hungry as they are not the most aggressive feeders. We have very good luck getting them to eat with Nutramar Ova and gut loaded brine, later transferring them onto mysis and chopped seafoods. Larger fish may have a tendency to eat clams and snails.