The LAST Animal, a Napoleon Wrasse, Has Been Introduced into Blacktip Reef!
Published October 17, 2013
We're so excited to share that the LAST of our animals has been successfully introduced into Blacktip Reef!
Also known as a humphead or Maori wrasse (after a Polynesian group from New Zealand), this fish is found in reef habitats throughout the Indo-Pacific. This species of wrasse in particular can grow to be over six feet long!
This wrasse combs reefs in search of hard-shelled prey such as mollusks, sea stars and crustaceans - our aquarists keep the newest resident to Blacktip Reef on a similar diet!
Napoleon wrasses have been known to live for over 30 years! It takes them 5-7 years to reach sexual maturity.
In the wild, this species' population numbers have declined dramatically in recent years. This decline is due in major part to a high demand for this fish in the Asian luxury food market. Humphead wrasse meat can fetch up to $100 dollars per kilogram in Hong Kong. As a result of this recent and rapid population decline, the species has been listed under the Endangered Species Act and IUCN's Red List.
We hope you can stop by and meet the newest (truly stunning) resident of Blacktip Reef! In the meantime, look out for him on our live Shark Cam!