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Hogfish

Lachnolaimus maximus

Appearance

hogfish
  • First 3 spines of dorsal fin greatly elongated
  • Black blotch near end of dorsal fin
  • Body deep, strongly compressed
  • Snout elongated in adults
  • Tail with elongated upper and lower lobes
  • Young mottled with various colors, fading with age 

Size: Up to 36 inches 

Habitat

Rocky bottoms, ledges and reefs offshore; young associated with seagrass beds

Behavior

Long, hog-like snout allows them to feed on bottom-dwelling mollusks and crustaceans. Because they tend to root in the sediment in search of small prey, they are not commonly caught on hook and line.

Additional Information

Also known as hog snapper. 

Popular food fish. Primarily harvested by spearfishing.   

State Record:  19 lb 8 oz, caught in Daytona Beach

Recreational Regulations