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8 - 24 pounds
10" - 36"
The Hogfish or the Lachnolaimus maximus, a type of Wrasse, is given its name due to its snout looking very similar to that of a pig. Its fins have spines that look similar to that of a lion fish but have a brighter orange color. Though, its color highly depends on the habitat. The Hogfish often uses its snout to dig through the reefs and sand to find crustaceans. Unlike the Lionfish however that has multiple spines, the Hogfish has three to four primary long dorsal spines with a series of shorter ones.
To tell the difference between a male and female Hogfish, look for the black spot. Males are the only one that have a black spot behind the pectoral fins.
The Hogfish may also be known as a Hogsnapper.
The Hogfish is a carnivore. Its hog-like snout allows it to dig through the and much like a hog would when looking food. As the Hogfish digs, it devours smaller crustaceans and mollusks. But it also devours small crabs and sea urchins.
An adult Hogfish can reach the maximum length of 3 feet (0.91 m) and weigh as heavy as 22 lbs (10 kg). Unfortunately, this fish can only live for approximately 11 years.
One cannot simply use a hook and line to catch a H