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.

Doubleheader, Coris bulbifrons

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Standard Common Name

Doubleheader

Identification

The Doubleheader can be recognised by its colouration and the prominent bump that develops on the head of both males and females

Size range

The species grows to 60 cm in length.

Distribution

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.

Coris bulbifrons

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Doubleheader specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
bulbifrons
Genus:
Coris
Family:
Labridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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
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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Coris bulbifrons, Doubleheader, Labridae, black, deep bodied, 30 cm - 1 m, blotches/mottled, marine, adult,