Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus, can reach 230 cm in length and nearly 200 kg

Where to find them?

You can discover them in the Temperate habitat of Oceanogràfic.

General aspects of the common spiny lobster

Juveniles have a pale green with dark spots stretched on the scales. It also includes two black lines arranged diagonally under the eyes.
Adults are solitary, although occasionally can appear in pairs among the reefs. Swimming near vertical walls forming corals, they can reach depths up to 60 m. They are very territorial animals and are usually finding them in the same area, a fact that leverages many divers to observe the humphead wrasse without much difficulty. In fact, rarely, more than 20 humphead wrasse are observed per hectare.

What do they eat?

The special design of the mouth of the humphead wrasse protractile means it can reach places that at first glance may seem safe for their prey. Should their mouth does not reach its prey can always bite the coral and break through to reach the dam. Small algae, benthic invertebrates and mollusks form the basis of their diet.

How do they reproduce?

As with many other fish, humphead wrasse is a hermaphrodite protandric, which means that the first years of their life are females. Around 15 years (111 cm) undergo a sex change and become males.

Did you know?

The Humphead wrasse is named for the hump protruding from its forehead that resembles the hat worn by the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.