Yellow-spotted Wrasse, Black Leopard Wrasse, Black Wrasse, Negros Wrasse
Macropharyngodon negrosensis, Female, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Macropharyngodon negrosensis, Male, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Macropharyngodon negrosensis, NSW, Australia, Photo: Tom Davis
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Females and juveniles usually seen, and have a dense covering of fine white spots on black body, white dorsal fin crossed by black lines, black ventral and anal fins, transparent tail fin. Juveniles flop about with wave surge, mimicking a drifting leaf. Males rare and easily recognised by dark upper and lower edges of tail and light-margined black scales on body.
Max Size: 12 cm
Depth: 8-32 m
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (4% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.