13 Fish with Big Foreheads (with images)

Marine life consists of a variety of organisms. Sometimes we see different creatures on the earth having different forms, shapes, and structures. In marine life, there are millions of different organisms in the ocean having different body shapes and structures.

These fish can be small or large, and some of them are also seen in aquariums because of their unique appearance. Some of these fish have smaller bodies than their forehead like oranda goldfish. The most common bighead fish include the Napoleonfish, Asian Sheepshead Wrasse, the Humphead Parrotfish, and the Frontosa Cichlid.

Here in this article, I will explain over 13 different types of crazy fish with big foreheads. For your ease of reading, I have mentioned each fish name with its special characteristics in tabular form.

1) Frontosa Cichlid

The Frontosa Cichlid is a popular aquarium fish that is native to Lake Tanganyika in Africa. It is a member of the Cichlidae. The species name Frontosa is a reference to its large forehead.

This fish is known for its big head, a forehead that slopes down, a long body, and sharp fins. They reside in a depth of 30-50m surface.

Frontosa Cichlids can live for over 25 years. They are territorial fish, and they should only be kept in aquariums between 25-30 degrees.

Frontosa Cichlids feed on crustaceans, insects, blood worms, krill, and smaller fish.

2) Texas cichlid

Texas cichlid is a freshwater fish which inhibits specially in the lower Rio Grande drainage in Texas near Brownsville and northeastern Mexico. Its size can vary but can grow over 13 inches.

Texas cichlid is a popular aquarium fish due to its beautiful natural look but due to a little bit larger size a big freshwater tank is required.

Texas cichlid is an aggressive fish so it is not recommended for beginners to pet keepers.

The water temperature should be between 20–28 degrees Celsius. The rapid temperature change negatively impacts the life of fish.

Texas cichlids are omnivores and feed on different foods like live, frozen, and flake food.

3) Lionhead Cichlid

The Lionhead Cichlid is a freshwater fish native to Pool Malebo and Congo River in eastern Africa and lives in rapidly moving creeks and rivers.

This fish is different from other cichlid fish because it rarely swims in the river. Mostly it just jumps over the bottom of the tank. By skipping along the bottom it uses less energy and store energy for other activities.

Lionhead Cichlid is not much in demand than its other species. They need more water and a bit of different requirements like some hiding spaces in the water and space to jump.

4) Mahi Mahi

Mahimahi commonly called dolphinfish are the members of the family Coryphaenidae. They are found in the warmer areas of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans and are mostly found on the surface of water. They are also known as Darado and Kingfish. These fish are known for their dazzling color.

Mahimahi are a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. They are important food fish and are also used for sport and commercial fishing.

5) Yellow Tang

The Yellow Tang (zebrasoma flavescens) belongs to the family Acanthuridae. It is the most popular marine aquarium fish. It is a saltwater, small, bright yellow color fish with a big forehead that is found in tropical reefs of the Pacific Ocean. This is the most popular aquarium fish.

To protect itself yellow tang fish has a while barb located before its tail. Tang fish grow up to 8 inches in the wild but in the aquarium, its size is normally 2-3 inches. They are also available for purchase in the market at fish stores and online vendors.

6) Uglyhead Catfish

Ugly head Catfish is known for its large, bulbous forehead and its ugly appearance. They are small, colorful fish that is found in the Indo-Pacific region.

Uglyhead Catfish can grow up to 6 inches long, and they are a popular aquarium fish.

Uglyhead Catfish are peaceful fish, and they can be kept in groups with other small, non-aggressive fish. They are also relatively easy to care for, and they make good beginner fish.

7) Flowerhorn Cichlid

Flowerhorn cichlid are ornamental aquarium fish. Their vibrant color and oddly shaped head make it best for aquariums. They have big foreheads and sharp fins. They have large mouths and sharp teeth.

Flowerhorn fish has a life span of 10 to 12 years. They feed on different organisms like warms, shrimps, and pellets.

Some cast of these fish is released in the wild to increase their population in wildlife while countries like Australia have banned their importation.

8) Barreleye fish

Barreleyes fish are small deep-sea fish found in tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They are called Barreleye because of their barrel-shaped, tubular eyes directed upwards to spot and catch the available prey.

They have 3 different forms, shapes, and structures. stout, deep-bodied, extremely slender and fusiform. Their telescoping eyes have large lenses and are enclosed with a large transparent dome of soft tissue.

Barreleyes fish have small mouths with large foreheads which make their unique physique. The fins are spineless and fairly small, however, in Dolichopteryx, the pectoral fins are elongated and wing-like, extending about half the body’s length. Most of their species are under 20 centimeters.

9) Green Humphead Parrotfish

The Humphead Parrotfish, also called Napoleon fish, is the largest species of parrotfish. Inhibits in the reefs in the Pacific and Indian Ocean from the Red Sea to Samoa and from the Yaeyama Islands to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

They can grow up to 1.5 meters weighing up to 75kg and are the largest herbivorous fish found in the coral reefs.

Green Humphead Parrotfish have a big forehead in their adult stage. It is slow-growing and lives up to 40 years.

10   Midas Cichlid

The Midas Cichlid is a popular aquarium fish that is native to South America. It shows sexual dimorphism. They are aggressive in nature.

Midas Cichlid may be carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores. They can feed on different organisms of the ocean including algae, plankton, and small fish. Their vibrant personality makes a beautiful look in water which makes them the most amazing pet for the aquarium.

11) Asian Sheepshead Wrasse

The Asian Sheepshead Wrasse (family labrida), also known as kobudai in Japan, is a popular aquarium fish that is native to the western Pacific Ocean and lives in rocky reef regions, including Japan, Korea, and China. It is one of the largest species of wrasses. These are colored blue and orange fish with big foreheads. Asian Sheepshead Wrasse can grow up to 12 inches long. Its highest weight is recorded as 14.7kg

Asian Sheepshead Wrasseis a hermaphroditic species which means that they have both male and female organs and can change their sex according to the situation.

12) Oranda Goldfish

The Oranda Goldfish is a popular aquarium fish that is native to China. This fish is known for its large, bulbous head and its colorful scales. It has a short body and a large head with a big forehead. They feed on worms, shrimp, pellets, plankton, and algae wandering around in the ocean.

Oranda Goldfish are omnivores in nature. They are peaceful and popular aquarium fish. They are covered in shades of orange, red, and yellow with black accents along the sides.

13) Telescope Eye Goldfish

The Telescope Eye Goldfish is a popular aquarium fish with a big forehead that originated from China. This fish is known for its large, telescope-like enlarged projecting eyes. It’s both eyes are naturally bubbled. Telescope Eye Goldfish can grow up to 12 inches long.

These are similar to simple goldfish, even in life span. Some studies show that it has a mutation in its pre-birth stage but it does not affect their normal life.

Telescope Eye Goldfish has 3 variants

  1. Black Moor
  2. Panda Moor
  3. Celestial Eye

Wrapping the article

So these were some of the marine fishes with big foreheads and some of them were having big lips. i hope you guys have enjoyed reading it. if you have any question or query, you can ask me in the comment section.

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