Slippery Dick (Halichoeres bivittatus )

Also known as Sand-reef Wrasses and Slippery Dick Wrasse


Also known as Sand-reef Wrasses and Slippery Dick Wrasse.

Found singly or in pairs or in groups constantly circling around reefs, sea grass beds and sandy areas.
Colours highly variable especially between juvenile to adult.
They feed on hard shell invertebrates.
Length - 18cm
Depth - 2-12m
Widespread Western Atlantic & Caribbean

Most reef fish seen by divers during the day are grazers, that cruise around just above the surface of the coral or snoop into crevices looking for algae, worms and small crustaceans.
Wrasses have small protruding teeth and graze the bottom taking in a variety of snails, worms, crabs, shrimps and eggs. Any hard coats or thick shells are then ground down by their pharyngeal jaws and the delicacies inside digested.
From juvenile to adult wrasses dramatically alter their colour and body shapes.
Wrasses are always on the go during the day, but are the first to go to bed and the last to rise.
Small wrasses dive below the sand to sleep and larger wrasses wedge themselves in crevasses.

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Slippery Dick. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Slippery Dick (Juvenile)

Slippery Dick (Juvenile)

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  1. Posted by Wayne Joye
    September 11, 2015 at 21:32 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    I caught one several years obout 3mile of the coast of Wrightsville Bch.NC.I tried to keep it alive in my bait tank for the Marine aquarium. My friends laugh at me when I tell them I caught a Slippery Dic.

  2. Posted by Michael A Wilkes
    April 22, 2015 at 03:13 am - 1 person found this useful.

    I caught two of these fish on the 18th of April. They were caught in in 13 feet of water about two mile west of Anclote Island off of Pasco County Florida. I have some pictures, which I sent to FWC who identified the fish as a "slippery dick". I have been fishing these Guld waters since I was a kid and have never seen or caught one of these.

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