Epibulus brevis

Dwarf slingjaw wrasse | Latent slingjaw wrasse
Epibulus brevis
Epibulus brevis, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
Epibulus brevis
Epibulus brevis, juvenile, Hibernia Reef, NW Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Epibulus brevis
Epibulus brevis




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 Generalization Index: 2.08

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.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Common (47.0% 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.