Slippery Dick. Cozumel, Mexico. Nassau, Bahamas.
Leave a comment Upload image See Google Images. Found singly, pairs or in schools over shallow rocky reefs. They feed on fish and benthic invertebrates.
Regular feeding, plenty of hiding places and a lot of space can alleviate aggressive behavior to some degree. This species needs a minimum of 2 inch 5 cm of sand in the aquarium bottom, so it can dig itself down when afraid or needing to sleep. Fish of the genus Halichoeres are very populair in aquaria, as they are attractive and effective at eradicating flatworms and pyramid snails.
Halichoeres bivittatus. Description : Terminal phase Males : Shades of green, with pink lines from eye to snout, nape and back, and upper edge of operculumand from mouth across center of operculum. May have dark triangular corners on tail.
Slippery dick Halichoeres bivittatus Bloch, Description: Terminal phase: Body in shades of green, with a small green and yellow bicolored spot above the pectoral fin and a darkish to black midbody stripe. A second stripe is less distinct. Tail with dark triangular corners.
More on author: Bloch. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total : 9; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : The dominant color markings are two dark stripes, one running from snout through eye to caudal base and the other, less pronounced, on lower side of body; a bicolored spot at edge of gill cover within upper dark stripe; large adult males green on back, shading to light greenish yellow on sides, the two stripes usually purplish; irregular light red bands on head and on caudal fin Ref.
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The slippery dick Halichoeres bivittatus is a species of wrasse native to shallow, tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. The slippery dick wrasse is widespread throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. This species feeds on benthic invertebratesincluding crabs, small fishes, sea urchins and ophiuroidspolychaetesand gastropods. It is a protogynous hermaphrodite.