Bodianus rufus

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Vernacular names
English : Spanish hogfish
French : Pourceau espagnol

Classification
Class : Teleostei
Order : Eupercaria i. s. (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Labridae
Notes : No subspecies known.

Identification
Large wrasse reaching 40 cm in length for a weight of 1 kg. High dorsal profile with elongated tips to fins. Coloration mostly orange yellow with a large purple-violet saddle on most of back. Large adults duller, more violet, less yellow.

Range and habitat
The species is found in the western Atlantic Ocean, from Florida and Bermuda to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, south to south Brazil. Lives in rocky and coral reefs down to 70 meters deep.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : This species seems to be common but true estimates of its populations and their trend are unavailable at this time. No threats known so far.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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