Mexican Hogfish (Bodianus diplotaenia)

Also known as Hogfishes, Pacific Hogfish, Streamer Hogfish

Description

Also known as Hogfish, Pacific Hogfish, Streamer Hogfish.

Found singly or in schools during the day over mixed vegetated and sandy bottoms of coral and rocky reefs rich in plant growth during the day finding cracks and crevices during the night for sleeping.
They feed on hard shell invertebrates.
Length - 75cm
Depth - 5-75m
Widespread Eastern Pacific

Most reef fish seen by divers during the day are grazers, that cruise around just above the surface of the coral or snoop into crevices looking for algae, worms and small crustaceans.
Wrasses have small protruding teeth and graze the bottom taking in a variety of snails, worms, crabs, shrimps and eggs. Any hard coats or thick shells are then ground down by their pharyngeal jaws and the delicacies inside digested.
From juvenile to adult wrasses dramatically alter their colour and body shapes.
Wrasses are always on the go during the day, but are the first to go to bed and the last to rise.
Small wrasses dive below the sand to sleep and larger wrasses wedge themselves in crevices. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/8270

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Mexican Hogfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Mexican Hogfish (Juvenile)

Mexican Hogfish (Juvenile)

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