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Epibulus insidiator (longjawed wrasse; Telescopefish; Sling-jaw wrasse; Slingjaw wrasse; Sling-jaw; Slingjaw; Jawslinger; Wrasse; Telescope fish)

Synonyms: Epibulis insidiator; Epibulus insidiator var. flava; Epibulus insidiator var. fusca; Epibulus striatus; Sparus insidiator
Language: Afrikaans; Bikol; Carolinian; Creole, French; Danish; Divehi; Fijian; French; Gela; German; Ilokano; Japanese; Malay; Mandarin Chinese; Maranao/Samal/Tao Sug; Marshallese; Other; Portuguese; Russian; Samoan; Somali; Spanish; Surigaonon; Swahili; Swedish; Tagalog; Tahitian; Tuamotuan; Visayan

Wikipedia Abstract

The slingjaw wrasse, Epibulus insidiator, is a species of wrasse native to the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea and the African coast to the Tuamotus and Hawaii, and from the southern waters of Japan to New Caledonia. This species can be found on coral reefs at depths from 1 to 42 m (3.3 to 137.8 ft). The jaws of this species can swing out to form a long tube when opened (up to half the length of the fish's body) which creates suction to allow the fish to ingest the small crustaceans and fishes upon which it preys. It can reach a standard length of 54 cm (21 in). This species is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries and can be found in the aquarium trade.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    


Prey / Diet

Trapezia intermedia (common guard crab)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aethaloperca rogaa (Rockcod)1


Parasitized by 
Gnathia grutterae[2]
Stephanostomum casum[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Burger's Zoo
John G. Shedd Aquarium


Agulhas Current; American Samoa; Arabian Sea; Australia; Calamianes Islands; Chagos Islands; China; Christmas Island (Aust.); Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Davao Gulf; Djibouti; Egypt; Fiji Islands; French Polynesia; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Gulf of Aqaba; Hawaii (USA); Hsiao-liu-chiu; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa (Ref. 35918) and the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to New Caledonia.; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Japan; Johnston Island; Jordan; Kimbe Bay; Kiribati; Kuroshio Current; Lagonoy Gulf; Lingayen Gulf; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Mozambique; New Caledonia; Niue; North Australian Shelf; North Marianas; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Persian Gulf; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Ragay Gulf; Red Sea; Réunion; Samoa; San Miguel Bay; Seychelles; Somalia; South China Sea; Spratly Islands; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Tahiti; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tawi tawi Bay; Tayabas Bay; Thailand; Tonga; Tuamoto Islands; Tubbataha Reefs; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Wake Island; Yellow Sea;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Clownfish and their Host Anemones ;; NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program
2Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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