Maori Wrasse | Cheilinus undulates

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Common Name: Maori wrasse
Species Name: Cheilinus undulates

The Maori Wrasse is also known as Hump Headed Maori Wrasse and Napoleon Wrasse. The Maori Wrasse varies from Bluish Grey, Olive to bronzy in colour with a lighter belly area. The Maori Wrasse is a highly patterned fish there are distinctive dark markings around the eyes surrounded by lighter intricate patterns on the face, lips and gills. The body patterns is a series of vertical wavy lines with dark centres, the dorsal, anal and caudal fin are also highly patterned. The Maori Wrasse has two distinctive features a large hump on the head this develops with age and the outer edge of the caudal fin has a distinctive yellow colouration. The Maori Wrasse grows up to 2mtrs in length and approximately 200kg catches over a 1mtr are not uncommon however due to the slow growing nature of this fish it recommend that large fish be return to the water with care.

Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Heavy Tackle.

Garfish, Mullet, Pilchards, Prawns, Crabs and Squid.

Maori Wrasse Size and Bag Limits

Please Note: Bag limits, minimum and maximum lengths are subject to change and review by your State Fisheries Department.


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