Animal Species:Doubleheader, Coris bulbifrons (Randall & Kuiter, 1982)
The Doubleheader is a large blue wrasse that lives in tropical waters. Adults develop a bump on the head.
The Doubleheader can be recognised by its colouration and the prominent bump that develops on the head of both males and females
The species grows to 60 cm in length.
It is known from northern New South Wales, Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, Lord Howe Island, and Norfolk Island.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
- Francis. M.P. 1993. Checklist of the Coastal Fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, south-west Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science. 47(2): 136-170.
- Randall, J.E. & R.H. Kuiter, 1982. Three New Labrid Fishes of the Genus Coris from the Western Pacific. Pacific Science. 36(2): 159-173.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology