Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Labridae > Cheilinus > Cheilinus undulatus

Cheilinus undulatus (Blue-tooth groper; Double-headed maori wrasse; Double-headed parrot-fish; Giant humphead wrasse; Giant maori wrasse; Giant wrasse; Humhead wrasse; Humphead; Humphead Maori wrasse; Humphead wrasse; Hump-headed wrasse; Maori wrasse; Napoleon maori-wrasse; Napoleon wrasse; Napoleonfish; Wrasse; Humpback wrasse; Double-headed wrasse)

Synonyms: Cheilinus godeffroyi; Cheilinus mertensii; Cheilinus rostratus; Cheilinus undulates; Chelinus undulatus; Chilinus godeffroyi
Language: Afrikaans; Agutaynen; Bikol; Carolinian; Cebuano; Chavacano; Danish; Davawenyo; Fijian; French; Fwi; Fwâi; Gela; German; Ilokano; Japanese; Jawe; Kiribati; Makassarese; Malay; Malayalam; Maldivian; Mandarin Chinese; Mapun; Maranao/Samal/Tao Sug; Misima-Paneati; Numee; Other; Palauan; Portuguese; Samoan; Somali; Spanish; Swahili; Swedish; Tagalog; Tahitian; Thai; Tobian; Tongan; Tuamotuan; Tuvaluan; Vietnamese; Visayan; Wallisian; Waray-waray

Wikipedia Abstract

The humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) is a wrasse that is mainly found in coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. It is also known as the Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon Fish, Napoleonfish; and "So Mei" 蘇眉 (Cantonese), "Mameng" (Filipino), and "Merer" in the Pohnpeian language of the Caroline Islands.
View Wikipedia Record: Cheilinus undulatus

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Cheilinus undulatus

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    
Ranong   Thailand      


Prey / Diet

Acanthaster planci (crown-of-thorns starfish)[1]
Panulirus homarus (scalloped spiny lobster)[1]
Valenciennea strigata (Watchman goby)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Balistoides viridescens (bluefin filefish)1

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Acquario di Genova
Burger's Zoo
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
John G. Shedd Aquarium
National Zoo & Aquarium
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
The Deep
Toledo Zoological Gardens


Agulhas Current; American Samoa; Arabian Sea; Australia; Bay of Bengal; Calamianes Islands; Chagos Islands; China; Christmas Island (Aust.); Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Davao Gulf; Djibouti; Egypt; Fiji Islands; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Gulf of Aden; Gulf of Aqaba; Hawaii (USA); Hong Kong; Hsiao-liu-chiu; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa (Ref. 35918) and to the Tuamoto Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia. Formerly known as Vulnerable (A1d+2cd) (Y. Sadovy) but now listed as Endangered in IUCN 2004 and listed in Appendix II of; Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa (Ref. 35918) and to the Tuamoto Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia. Formerly known as Vulnerable (A1d+2cd) (Y. Sadovy) but now listed as Endangered in IUCN 2004 and listed in Appendix II of CITES.; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Japan; Jordan; Kimbe Bay; Kiribati; Kuroshio Current; Lagonoy Gulf; Lingayen Gulf; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Mozambique; Myanmar; New Caledonia; Niue; North Australian Shelf; North Marianas; Northeast Australian Shelf; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Panay Gulf; Papua New Guinea; Peng-hu Island; Persian Gulf; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Red Sea; Ryukyu Islands; Samoa; San Miguel Bay; Saudi Arabia; Seychelles; Somalia; South China Sea; Spratly Islands; Sri Lanka; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tawi tawi Bay; Thailand; Tonga; Tuamoto Islands; Tubbataha Reefs; Ulugan Bay; Viet Nam; Wake Island; Yellow Sea; Yemen;



Species recognized by Group expert : Westneat, M., 2012-10-02, in Catalog of Life 2011
Endangered Status provided by IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 <> Downloaded on 11 April 2013.
Attributes / relations provided by 1Clownfish and their Host Anemones ;; NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program 2"Food habits of the giant humphead wrasse,Cheilinus undulatus (Labridae)", John E. Randall, Stephen M. Head, Adrian P. L. Sanders, Environmental Biology of Fishes, June 30, 1978, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 235-238
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Institution information provided by International Species Information System - May 2011