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Humphead Wrasse

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Humphead Wrasse
Common Name Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse and Napoleonfish
Range Indo-Pacific
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Cheilinus
Species Cheilinus Undulatus
Conservation Status

The Humphead Wrasse is a species from the Cheilinus genus. It is a wrasse that is mainly found in coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region.


The humphead wrasse is the largest living member of the family Labridae, with males reaching 6 feet in length, while females rarely exceed about 3 feet. It has thick, fleshy lips and a hump that forms on its head above the eyes, becoming more prominent as the fish ages. Males range from a bright electric blue to green, a purplish blue, or a relatively dull blue/green. Juveniles and females are red-orange above, and red-orange to white below.


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