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The Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) is a wrasse that is mainly found in coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. It is also known as the Humphead wrasse, Napoleon wrasse or Napoleonfish.

Sadly the lips and eyes of these amazing fish are considered a highly prized delicacy in some parts of the world. In 1999 the lips alone of this fish were “worth $300 USD or more…..”:

Not surprisingly the high price has led to significant overfishing, resulting in their inclusion as Endangered on the “IUCN Red List”:

The humphead wrasse is the largest living member of the family Labridae, with males reaching 6 feet (2 m) in length, while females rarely exceed about 3 feet (1 m). It has thick, fleshy lips and a hump that forms on its head above the eyes, becoming more prominent as the fish ages. Males range from a bright electric blue to green, a purplish blue, or a relatively dull blue/green. Some males grow very large, with one unconfirmed report of a Humphead Wrasse that was 7.75 feet (2.29 m) long and weighed 420 lbs (190.5 kg). (Source: wikipedia)

“Napoleon’s lips push fish into WWF’s 10 most wanted species list”:

The fearsome great-white shark and the Napoleon wrasse – a huge ugly fish whose lips are prized as a delicacy in Asia – top this year’s “WWF 10 Most Wanted” list of species most at risk from international trade.
The Napoleon wrasse, otherwise known as the humphead or Maori wrasse, is being so heavily over-fished for its lips and and eyes – which are eaten as a delicacy – as well as its flesh, that it faces being wiped-out in many areas if the trade is not controlled.


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  • jesika
    jesikaabout 6 years ago

    It is so very sad that beauty cannot be appreciated simply for itself.

  • Thanks Jesika

    – gardenofbeeden

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    Marcus Grant IPAabout 6 years ago


  • Rochelle Boardman
    Rochelle Boardmanabout 6 years ago

    Great shot and I love the title =>

  • rebelgirl
    rebelgirlabout 6 years ago

    LOL kiss me!! great capture :)

  • Thanks for your comment, I have a copy of this image without the lippy on my wall at home and it has been bugging me for sometime to try to use the image to highlight the plight of this wonderful animal :)

    – gardenofbeeden

  • Erin Lyall
    Erin Lyallalmost 6 years ago

    Haha, love the title! The photo is great too

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