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Rooster Hogfish
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Rooster Hogfish

Lachnolaimus maximus
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Rooster Hogfish also known as the Common Hogfish, Bigmouth Hogfish or Hog Snapper are found from Nova Scotia (Canada), Bermuda, and northern Gulf of Mexico to northern South America.

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The Rooster Hogfish is a very large wrasse/hogfish. As juveniles they’re very well camouflaged with a cream-white base colour with greenish brown scribbled pattern on top. Already at a very young age the first 3 spines of the dorsal fin begin to grow longer. As they grow older the dark pattern becomes a beautiful red before they change appearance again and become cream-white with a slightly darker stripe from the eye to the dorsal fin. Fully grown they become more of a grey colour, the pectoral fins become yellow and from the lips to the dorsal fin and all along the back becomes dark brown. In the caudal fin a dark vertical bar appears and on the head they develop a faint blue reticulated pattern. Although it doesn’t look like it, they have a very large mouth.
Not many fishes do change colour/pattern this often, making it an interesting fish to see during every stage of their life.

Due to its very large adult size, this fish is off course only suitable for a very large aquarium. In nature they feed mainly on mollusks, but they won’t pass on crab or sea urchin either, so make sure to pick tankmates with care.

Minimum Aquarium Size

1,000 L

Max Size

91 cm

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Wild Caught



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