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Slippery Dick Halichoeres bivittatus


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Slippery Dick
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Family: Labridae, Wrasses view all from this family

Description Slippery dick (Halichoeres bivittatus) is a species of ocean-dwelling fish in the family Labridae. Its Spanish common name is "doncella rayada".

The slippery dick has three color phases. Adults have two dark lateral stripes, one running from snout through eye to caudal base and the other, less pronounced, on the 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 light purple to dark brown. Juveniles are usually white and have two dark stripes, but the lower (abdominal) stripe may be faint. The slippery dick reaches about 30 centimetres (12 in) TL.

Dimensions Up to 9" (23 cm).

Habitat Ocean or bay shallows.

Range Southeast, Florida.