Humphead Wrasse
Humphead Wrasse
Scientific Name : Cheilinus undulatus Size : 60 – 229 cm Average Life Expectancy : 30 yıl

Humphead Wrasse

This species, which received its name due to its evident hump on its head, is the biggest fish of the wrasse family. Its size can reach up to two and a half meters and its weight up to 190 kg. This species lives in the Indo-Pacific region between 1-100 meters. It generally feeds on small fish, crustaceans, corals and small sea bugs.

The humphead wrasse is hermaphrodite, a general name given to species with both the female and male reproductive organ. Sometimes the females change their sex and become male, which also causes their skin to change from rusty red/orange to blue/green of the male. The humphead wrasse reaches sexual maturity in 5-7 years and they are ovoviviparous. This means that the eggs break inside the body of the female and the babies leave their mothers body after they have hatched.

The average life expectancy of the humphead wrasse is 30 years.

Where can it be seen?

You can see the humphead wrasse in the Red Sea Area of Istanbul Akvaryum.

Did you know?

  • Humphead wrasses can easily communicate with humans and sometimes they even let you pet them.
  • The humphead wrasse is an endangered species.
  • It is one of the few species that is known to be able to eat poisonous sea creatures.