sling-jaw wrasse

Scientific name Epibulus insidiator
Descriptor Pallas
Year of description 1770
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Epibulus
Epibulus insidiator Epibulus insidiator


Epibulus insidiator, commonly known as sling-jaw wrasse, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    45 cm
  • Maximum size
    54 cm
  • Average size
    45 cm
  • Maximum size
    54 cm

How to recognize the sling-jaw wrasse ?

The sling-jaw wrasse measures between 45 and 54 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly jaune body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The sling-jaw wrasse is a fish solitary naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

The sling-jaw wrasse is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert

The sling-jaw wrasse is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 42 m

Biotope presentation

The sling-jaw wrasse is most often found at a depth between 1m and 42m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Feeding Mechanismof Epibulus insidiator (Labridae;Teleostei): Evolution of a Novel Functional System - MARK W. WESTNEAT - PETER C.WAINWRIGHT - Journal of morphology - 1889.

Courtship and Spawning of Nine Species of Wrasses (Labridae) from the Western Pacific - Terry J. Donaldson - Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University - 1995.

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