Maori (humphead) wrasse Cheilinus undulatus at Opal Reef Great Barrier Reef Australia. The The maori wrasse is the largest member of the wrasse family and males can reach 6 feet in length and several hundred pounds. The maori wrasse is long lived, slow growing with a ow rate of reproduction that can not with stand fishing pressure. Populations throughout the Indopacific have crashed and it is rare to see a large individual. Australia banned fishing of Maori wrasse in 2003.
Photographer: David Doubilet