Blacktip Reef Species Spotlight - Humphead Wrasse

Published August 07, 2014

We’re celebrating the first anniversary of Blacktip Reef by highlighting some of the amazing animals that call our newest exhibit home!

The Humphead Wrasse (sometimes called the Napoleon Wrasse) is one of the largest fish you’ll find in a coral reef, and he’s quite the sight to see! With large lips and a characteristic bump on its forehead, it’s not hard to guess where this fish gets its name.

Humphead Wrasse

With a lifetime spanning more than 30 years, the Humphead Wrasse can grow up to six feet and a colossal 400 pounds—that’s about the size of a full grown male gorilla!

These reef behemoths have a few other remarkable qualities, like a rare immunity to certain toxins found in sea stars, boxfish and sea hares. And did you know? A Humphead Wrasse can change its sex, sometimes transitioning from female to male later in life.

Our Humphead Wrasse loves the camera, so don’t be surprised to catch him front and center on our Shark Cam.

Check back all week as we continue to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Blacktip Reef!

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