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Scalloped hammerhead

Scalloped hammerhead

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Whitespotted wedgefish

Whitespotted wedgefish

Ocellated eagle ray

Ocellated eagle ray

Flapnose ray

Flapnose ray

Whitetail stingray

Whitetail stingray

Round ribbontail ray

Round ribbontail ray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Giant grouper

Giant grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Bowmouth guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Giant moray

Giant moray

Blackspotted moray

Blackspotted moray

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Brownbanded bambooshark

Brownbanded bambooshark

Longspined porcupinefish

Longspined porcupinefish

Golden trevally

Golden trevally

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Green moray

Green moray

Common bluestripe snapper

Common bluestripe snapper

Five-lined snapper

Five-lined snapper

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Bignose unicornfish

Bignose unicornfish

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Yellowbar angelfish

Yellowbar angelfish

King angelfish

King angelfish

Silver moony

Silver moony

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Snubnose pompano

Snubnose pompano

Indo-pacific tarpon

Indo-pacific tarpon

Chinese trumpetfish

Chinese trumpetfish

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Dark-banded fusilier

Dark-banded fusilier

Potato grouper

Potato grouper

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Facts

LatinCheilinus undulatus
Size230 cm
FoodFish, large crustaceans, snails and sea urchins
HabitatOuter part of coral reefs
IUCN

Endangered

Threatened. The greatest threat is illegal fishing for the international aquarium trade

LocationThe Indian Ocean and western Pacific
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The fish in the Napoleon hat

The humphead wrasse is one of the largest fish found in the coral reef. It is active during the day and at night, it sleeps in reef caves. The humphead wrasse got its name because the male sports a prominent bump on its forehead. And with a little imagination, it looks as though it is wearing a Napoleon hat.

Changes gender

Humphead wrasses reach sexual maturity around 7 years of age, when they begin to reproduce. They meet other humphead wrasses in special breeding areas. Some females become males when they are around 9 years old. We don't really know why.

Eats poisonous starfish

The humphead wrasse usually eats mussels, fish and sea urchins, but it also feeds on the poisonous crown-of-thorns starfish. Crown-of-thorns starfish populations are now so dense in the coral reefs that they are destroying them. National Aquarium Denmark, Den Blå Planet is participating in a research project focusing on crown-of-thorns starfish with the purpose of combating the destruction they cause.


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