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Macropharyngodon pakoko is your newest leopard wrasse species

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 29, 2014 09:00 AM
Macropharyngodon pakoko is the newest leopard wrasse described from the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, where it is endemic. This wrasse brings the total number of Macropharyngdon to twelve species.
Macropharyngodon pakoko is your newest leopard wrasse species

Male adult (top) and female adult (bottom)

Mpakoko2.jpgMacropharyngodon pakoko (what a cool name to say!) is most closely related to M.meleagris (the classic leopard wrasse) and M.geoffroy (the Hawaiian potter's wrasse).  Like the other eleven Macropharyngdon spp, M.pakoko is sexually dimorphic similar to the differences between male and female M.meleagris.  Differences between M.pakoko (a), M.meleagris (b), and M.geoffroy (c) is much more evident in their juveniles, shown in top-to-bottom order to the right.

The full description of Macropharyngodon pakoko is described in Zootaxa.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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