Macropharyngodon ornatus, Male, WA, Australia. Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Macropharyngodon ornatus, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Ian Shaw
Macropharyngodon ornatus, Male, and female. North WA, Australia. Photo: Andrew Green
Macropharyngodon ornatus, Juvenile, Murion Is, WA. Photo: Andrew Green
Reddish head, dark brown to black body with green spots aligned in rows along sides, green lines on head and a black spot at front of dorsal fin. Black spot at front of dorsal fin is lacking in M. meleagris (Leopard Wrasse) which has a small yellow and black mark on upper operculum when most similar as an adult male.
Max Size: 13 cm
Depth: 2-30 m
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Frequent (12% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (4 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.