Cuban Hogfish Bodianus pulchellus

Cuban Hogfish
Cuban Hogfish
Cuban Hogfish
The Cuban Hogfish, also called the Spotfin Hogfish, is a type of wrasse native to reefs and rocks of the western Atlantic from Florida and the US Gulf via the Caribbean to northern South America, and also to Cape Verde Islands and part of the West African coast in the eastern Atlantic. It can grow to a length of some 30cm, but 20cm is more usual.
Cuban Hogfish
Cuban Hogfish
Cuban Hogfish
Juveniles are mainly dark red with a bright yellow upper rear back and upper tail. They set up cleaning stations to eat parasites off larger fish. Adults extend the white chin to a white cheek and develop a white lateral bar along the flank. They eat worms, small crustaceans and bivalve molluscs.