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Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

(Cheilinus undulatus)

The humphead wrasse is a tropical marine fish found on coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and western Pacific. It is a large, long-living fish that can reach almost eight feet in length and weigh more than 400 pounds, making it one of the largest reef fish. The species is easily recognized by its green color, fleshy lips and a prominent bump on the forehead of older males. It can live about 30 years.

The humphead wrasse is considered a delicacy in parts of the Far East, where wealthy diners will pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to have it served to them. This demand has resulted in overfishing of the species and it is considered endangered in many areas.

Come see this unique, beautiful fish as it swims near the tunnel in the Ocean Voyager gallery.

Fun Facts

  • The adult humphead wrasse roves the reef by day and hides in caves or under coral ledges at night.
  • It is one of the few predators of toxic animals such as crown-of-thorn sea stars and sea hares.
  • The humphead wrasse will bite into coral or turn over rocks to reach prey hiding therein.
  • As with most wrasses, some females can change gender in the absence of a dominant male.
  • The humphead wrasse also called the “Napoleon wrasse”.
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