Macropharyngodon kuiteri

Kuiters Wrasse | Ear-spot Wrasse | Kuiter's Leopard-wrasse
Macropharyngodon kuiteri
Macropharyngodon kuiteri, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Macropharyngodon kuiteri
Macropharyngodon kuiteri, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Macropharyngodon kuiteri
Macropharyngodon kuiteri, male, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Macropharyngodon kuiteri
Macropharyngodon kuiteri
Macropharyngodon kuiteri


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Large blue-edged black spot on rear of operculum and evenly-spaced white spots down the side of the body. Secretive and rarely seen.


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 20.9-30.4°C

Depth: 5-55m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (4.3% 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 (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields