Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
These fish have no economic value as a food source, because of their small size, but the brilliant colors of the bluehead wrasse make these fish popular for use in the aquarium trade. Their coloration and daily spawning make them a favorite among divers visiting the Caribbean.
Bluehead wrasses have been studied for over 70 years. This species is a popular research subject primarily because of its ability to change sex.
Positive Impacts: pet trade ; ecotourism ; research and education