Spanish Hogfish Bodianus rufus

Spanish Hogfish
Spanish Hogfish
The Spanish Hogfish is a type of wrasse native to reefs and rocks of the western Atlantic from Bermuda and the US Gulf via the Caribbean to Brazil.
Spanish Hogfish
Spanish Hogfish
Spanish Hogfish
It grows to a length of some 30cm, but can exceptionally reach 40cm.
Spanish Hogfish
Spanish Hogfish with French grunt Spanish Hogfish with French Grunt
Spanish Hogfish
Juveniles have a blue, purple or reddish purple back on a bright yellow body. They set up cleaning stations to eat parasites off larger fish.
Spanish Hogfish
Spanish Hogfish
Spanish Hogfish
Adults (top row) have a redder or bluer body. They eat marine crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms (urchins, brittlestars).