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Halichoeres bivittatusBloch, 1791
Common Name: Slippery dick / Vieja resbalosa

Marine. Shallow reefs, reef-sand areas and grass beds. This wrasse occurs in more diverse habitats than any of the others. Depth range 1 - 15 m.
Natural History Notes
Mobile Invertebrate feeder. Any disturbance of the bottom will attract a swarm of them, all hoping to find some morsel of food uncovered. Feeds on fish, crabs, sea urchins, polychaete worms, mollusks and brittle stars. While they will eat almost any animal material offerred, other fishes evidently are the normal mainstay in their diet.
Three color phases. Adults : two dark lateral stripes, one running from snout through eye to caudal base and the other, less pronounced, on lower side of body. A small bicolored spot at edge of gill cover within upper dark stripe (all phases). Dark triangular corners on tail. Irregular light red bands on head and on caudal fin. Shades of green. Intermediates : Color vary greatly, from shades of green to medium brown. Juveniles : Usually white,
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByArturo Dominici
Liz Whiteman
LocalityCristobal, Solarte, Carenero and Bastimentos Islands, Crawl Key, Hospital Point NE of Solarte Island and Wild Cane Key N of Bastimentos Island
Compiled by
Oscar Puebla
Bohlke JE & Chaplin CCG (1968). Fishes of the Bahamas and tropical adjacent waters. Livingston Publishing Company, Wynnewood, Pa.

Humann P & Deloach N (2002). Reef fish identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas. New World Publications, Inc., Jacksonville, FL.

Randall JE (1983). Caribbean reef fishes revised edition. TFH Publications, Neptune city, NJ.
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