#FishFriday 5 – The Napoleon Fish (Wrasse)

The Napoleon Fish, or Napoleon Wrasse (Cheilinus Undulatus) is one of the biggest fish you can find in the Indian Ocean, reaching up to 2 metres long and can weigh up to 150kg!

I have been fortunate enough to meet them in both the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

It’s large lips and intricate markings make it a prized underwater find.  Unfortunately it’s numbers remain low as it’s meat has been a popular delicacy in the Asian fish market for some time and it’s lips are used as an aphrodisiac in the Chinese medicine trade.

The adult Napoleon fish has a very define hump on it’s head whilst the juvenile is more sloped and has markings behind it’s eyes.  You can see both on my photos above!

 

 

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