Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 46 Issue 2

Note on a rare coral fish Cheilinus undulatus (Riippell, 1835)

Rekha J. Nair

The Humphead wrasse Cheilinus undulatus (Riippell, 1835), also known as Napoleon wrasse, is the biggest member of the family Labridae and a giant among reef fishes. Morphometric and meristic measurements are given. C. undulatus is protogynous; its natural history renders it highly vulnerable to fishing pressure. With its increasing demand in the LRFFT, there is urgent need to protect this fish by law.

Date : 30-12-2004