Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 235-238

First online:

Food habits of the giant humphead wrasse,Cheilinus undulatus (Labridae)

  • John E. RandallAffiliated withBernice P. Bishop Museum
  • , Stephen M. HeadAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology
  • , Adrian P. L. SandersAffiliated withFisheries Department

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The giant humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), an inhabitant of coral reefs, is widely distributed in the tropical Indo-Pacific region. Stomach and intestinal contents of 72 specimens from the Pacific and the Red Sea revealed that this fish feeds primarily on mollusks, fishes, echinoids, and crustaceans.


Coral reef fishes Indo-Pacific Stomach contents Oceania Red Sea