Spanish hogfish

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Spanish hogfish
Bodianus rufus, Adult (Spanish Hogfish).jpg
Bodianus rufus juvenile.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Labriformes
Family: Labridae
Genus: Bodianus
B. rufus
Binomial name
Bodianus rufus
  • Labrus rufus Linnaeus, 1758
  • Bodianus bodianus Bloch, 1790
  • Lutjanus verres Bloch, 1791
  • Sparus falcatus Bloch, 1791
  • Labrus semiruber Lacépède, 1801
  • Harpe caeruleoaureus Lacépède, 1802
  • Bodianus blochii Lacépède, 1802
  • Bodianus brachyrhynus A. Miranda Ribeiro, 1918

The Spanish hogfish, Bodianus rufus, is a species of wrasse native to the western Atlantic Ocean, where it can be found from southern Florida and Bermuda through the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico to southern Brazil. It inhabits coral or rock reefs at depths of 1 to 70 m (3.3 to 229.7 ft). While the adults feed on such prey as molluscs, crustaceans, and echinoderms (brittle stars and sea urchins), the juveniles act as cleaner fishes. This species can reach a length of 40 cm (16 in), though most do not exceed 28 cm (11 in). This species is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries and can be found in the aquarium trade.[2]


  1. ^ Xie, Y. & Russell, B. 2010. Bodianus rufus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. Downloaded on 01 November 2013.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Bodianus rufus" in FishBase. August 2013 version.

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