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Family Labridae

HAWAII

Epibulus insidiator

Juvenile, Pearl & Hermes Reef, 75 feet

 

Male, Mamanuca Is., Fiji

Male, Wakatobi, Indonesia, 30 feet

SLINGJAW  WRASSE

Locally common on reefs at scuba depth only at French Frigate Shoals within the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, north to Midway where it is rare, and absent in the Main Hawaiian Islands.  It is fairly common elsewhere throughout its range.  Color extremely variable.  Swallows fish whole using the extremely protrusible lower jaw.  Attains 14 inches.  Hawai'i and the Indo-Pacific.