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Spanish hogfish
Bodianus rufus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Body elongated in shape with a relatively long snout. Forehalf of dorsal fin serrated. Upper forebody purple, belly and tail yellow-gold. Purple may become reddish and large adults become mottled purplish yellow (B. rufus; B. rufus 2). Juvenile have a purple head and forebody, as they mature, the purple area becomes restricted to the upper forebody.
Size up to 40 cm.

Constantly swim above reefs, down to 70 m. Juveniles can be observed in shallow water, where they remove parasites and debris from the body of larger fish.

Common to occasional south Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean.

Spanish hogfish (Bodianus rufus)