Decodon puellaris, Deep-Sea Red Hogfish

by | May 30, 2017 | Fish, Reef, Science | 0 comments

hogfish decodon puellarisHere’s a WOWZERS fish for you all this morning called a Decodon puellaris or a deep-sea red hogfish, and this is the juvenile of that species. When older this crazy colorful little fish will lose a lot of these colors and markings and turn a dark orange or reddish color, still beautiful but nothing like his or her baby colors. For those of you wondering about size, this one here is about three inches in length.

These fish are incredible little hunters and love brittle stars, crabs, shrimps and urchins, in fact it’s fish like this that keep most of the invertebrates hidden on the reef most of the day. On many occasions I have seen these fish picking on and trying to eat hermit crabs as well, they are true reef bullies and not as nice as they appear to be.


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