Slippery Dick (Juvenile) (Halichoeres bivittatus)

Also known as Sand-reef Wrasse, Slippery Dick Wrasse


Also known as Sand-reef Wrasse, Slippery Dick Wrasse.

Found singly, pairs or in schools over shallow rocky reefs.
They feed on fish and benthic invertebrates.
Length - 35cm
Depth - 1-15m
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. Ref:

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 (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Slippery Dick

Slippery Dick

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1 comment

  1. Posted by juvenille Slippery Dick Fish

    I have caught three of these in the last month fishing from the seawall. at my home in North Palm Beach, FLorida

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