Halichoeres bivittatus
Common Name Slippery Dick
Range Western Atlantic Ocean
Estimated Population Abundant
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Halichoeres
Species • H. bivittatus
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Least Concern
The Halichoeres bivittatus (more commonly known as the Slippery Dick) is a species of wrasse abundant in tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean. It especially common off Florida, and is the most common fish in south Atlantic united states, according to the REEF organization. It can be found in many saltwater Floridan habitats from seagrass beds to rocky areas, found at depths from 3- 15 feet. It is found from North Carolina to Brazil.

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A Slippery Dick may be difficult to identify due to the several different color stages it goes through during its life. Juvenilles are mainly white with a bold black line and a more faint one below. Intermediates vary greatly, with an unknown amount of stages between. Adults are mostly dark with some darker black lines crossing throughout, and small areas with many different colors.

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