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Profile of the Blackspotted Wrasse
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Blackspotted Wrasse species.
Size: Up to 15cm
Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4
Diet / Feeding: Frozen or Dried Food
Temperament: Peaceful Fish
Habitat: Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 30m
Range: Indo-pacific Ocean
Scientific Classification of the Blackspotted Wrasse
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.
Species: Macropharyngodon meleagris
Popular Name: Blackspotted Wrasse - Leopard Wrasse - Guinea Fowl Wrasse, Reticulated Wrasse - Eastern Leopard Wrasse
Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Blackspotted Wrasse?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!
Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Blackspotted Wrasse slimy?
Blackspotted Wrasse secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Blackspotted Wrasse to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Blackspotted Wrasse have gills?
Gills enable the Blackspotted Wrasse to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Blackspotted Wrasse have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:
Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Blackspotted Wrasse has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.
Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Blackspotted Wrasse has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.
Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Blackspotted Wrasse has Caudal fins to propel through the water.
Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Blackspotted Wrasse has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement
Interesting Facts and Information about Blackspotted Wrasse