Macropharyngodon bipartitus (Smith, 1957)
Macropharyngodon bipartitus (Smith, 1957)
Genus: , ,

Scientific Name: Macropharyngodon bipartitus

English Name: Vermiculate wrasse

Creole Name:

French Name: Labre vermiculé

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 11.

A small, moderately elongate-bodied wrasse. Anterior head with quite acute profile and terminal mouth. 2 pairs of canine teeth anteriorly in jaws. The first pair of upper jaw strongly projecting, the second 
recurved, and a large canine at corner of mouth. 1 row of small teeth on side jaws. Caudal fin slightly rounded.

Colour: Juveniles white with orange mottling and pair of black spots on dorsal and anal fins. 
Females orange-red with white spots of variable size. A large black area over chest and abdomen ventral patch containing a bright iridescent blue network and spots. 
Males dull orange-red with dark-edged green diagonal bands on head which continue to middle of body where they break up into irregular spots. A large 
light yellow to orange area beneath soft dorsal fin and onto caudal peduncle. A series of blue-edged dark reddish blotches forming an irregular band 
posteriolaterally on body.


Maturity: Unknown. Max length: 13.0 cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits lagoons, shallow coral and rubble reefs, and sheltered seaward reefs (depth 1-30 m). Solitary or in pairs, females sometimes forming small groups. Feeds on small 
benthic invertebrates. Burrows in the sand to avoid predators. 

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery.


Photographed off northwest coast of Mahé, Seychelles.


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Mason-Parker, C. & Nevill, J.E.G. (2023). Macropharyngodon bipartitus, Vermiculate wrasse. Seychelles Seatizens.

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