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    High Speed Video of Sling Jaw Wrasse Suction Feeding

    When the Sling Jaw Wrasse (Epibulus insidiator) strikes its prey it does so with incredible force and reach. As it’s name suggests, the jaw lurches forward creating a low pressure zone which quickly sucks up the prey and forces it into the buccal cavity–or mouth. This type of suction feeding can be seen in many [...]

    When the Sling Jaw Wrasse (Epibulus insidiator) strikes its prey it does so with incredible force and reach. As it’s name suggests, the jaw lurches forward creating a low pressure zone which quickly sucks up the prey and forces it into the buccal cavity–or mouth. This type of suction feeding can be seen in many fish, but very few exhibit it as dramatically as E. insidiator. Wainwright labs has spectacularly captured this suction feeding in high speed film.

    Interestingly, scientists have found that fish with smaller aperture mouth (opening) generally exhibit a higher velocity feeding response than those with larger mouths. See how the Sling Jaw Wrasse compares to other freshwater and saltwater species in Wainwright’s additional feeding videos.

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    • http://www.nanoreefblog.com Curvball

      Thats impressive!

    • Nicholas Sadaka

      That’s CRAZY! The coolest I’ve seen was an angler fish (I think) at my LFS that I was lucky enough to see at feeding time and that suction was SOOOOO fast that the feeder fish was literally seen and then gone in the blink of an eye. I was in absolute awe.

    • Brandon

      Ok that is awesome!

    • http://el1as.homelinux.org Elias Hickman

      Wow! Reminds me of a cuttlefish with hinges :)