Epibulus brevis, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
Epibulus brevis, Juvenile, Hibernia Reef, NW Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Very similar to the more common and more widespread E. insidiator (slingjaw wrasse). Where they overlap, these two species can be difficult to distinguish - the yellow female E. brevis has a dark pectoral fin, and juveniles are a paler colour, with some yellow on the pelvic fin. Males are also less colourful than E. insidiator and lack a black stripe through the eye, and do not grow as large.
Max Size: 20 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 28.7-30.8°C
Depth: 3 - 15 m
Habitat: Coral Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 2.1
Also referred to as the SGI (Species generalisation index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species.
Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most
hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here
Threats: Climate change/warming
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Common (47% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.