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Humphead Maori Wrasse

( Cheilinus undulatus )

Other names

Napoleon Wrasse, Maori Wrasse, Hump-headed Wrasse, Humphead Wrasse , Blue-tooth Groper, Double-headed Maori Wrasse, Giant Maori Wrasse, Giant Wrasse

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Fast Facts
  • CAUTION: Protected species
  • Endangered
  • Is the largest member of the family Labridae (wrasses)
  • Can grow to 2.3m in length and nearly 200kg in weight
  • Displays intricate lines on the face and chest
  • Develops prominent lump on forehead with age
  • Protogynous Sequential hermaphrodites. Like many of the wrasses, they begin life as female and change to male as they age
  • Frequents coral reef environments
  • Found in Australia’s tropical waters from QLD to WA
  • Occurs solitary or in small groups
  • Popular among divers