Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 235–238

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

  • John E. Randall
  • Stephen M. Head
  • Adrian P. L. Sanders

DOI: 10.1007/BF00691948

Cite this article as:
Randall, J.E., Head, S.M. & Sanders, A.P.L. Environ Biol Fish (1978) 3: 235. doi:10.1007/BF00691948


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 fishesIndo-PacificStomach contentsOceaniaRed Sea

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© Dr. W. Junk bv Publishers 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Randall
    • 1
  • Stephen M. Head
    • 2
  • Adrian P. L. Sanders
    • 3
  1. 1.Bernice P. Bishop MuseumHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyOxfordEngland
  3. 3.Fisheries DepartmentPort SudanDem. Rep. of Sudan