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Family Labridae


Epibulus insidiator

Juvenile, Pearl & Hermes Reef, 75 feet


Male, Mamanuca Is., Fiji

Male, Wakatobi, Indonesia, 30 feet


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.