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Fish of the Week - Hogfish
Body deep, strongly compressed.
Color varies, but never bicolored, usually reddish, sometimes bright brick red.
Soft dorsal fin with a large dark spot at base.
Entire top of head nape purplish brown in large males, this patch of color continuous with blackish area that extends along entire base of dorsal fin.
Large blackish crescent through base of caudal fin.
Pelvic fin with dusky tip.
Mouth very protrusible.
14 spines in dorsal fin – first 3 elongate, bladelike rays at front of dorsal and anal fins and lower lobes of caudal fin elongate.
Size: To 36 inches.
Young: Greenish or brownish, mottled with dark.
Notes: Esteemed as a food fish in some areas, but has been implicated in ciguatera; usually marketed as Hog Snapper.
Art © Diane Rome Peebles
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