Lyretail Hogfish

(Bodianus anthioides)

Bodianus anthioides, commonly known as the lyretail hogfish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key characteristics and facts about Bodianus anthioides:

  1. Appearance: The lyretail hogfish has a robust, elongated body with a pointed snout. It is characterized by its vibrant coloration, which includes shades of pink to reddish-orange on the body, transitioning to a yellowish-orange towards the tail. They have distinctive blue markings around the eyes and on the lower part of the head. The tail is elongated and lyre-shaped, giving them their common name.
  2. Size: They typically grow to about 20-30 centimeters (8-12 inches) in length, with males often being larger and more colorful than females.
  3. Habitat: This species is found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea and eastern Africa to the western Pacific Ocean. They inhabit coral reefs, rocky areas, and sometimes seagrass beds, often seen near areas with abundant hiding spots and food sources.
  4. Behavior: Lyretail hogfish are diurnal and feed primarily on small crustaceans, mollusks, and other benthic invertebrates. They use their strong jaws and sharp teeth to crush shells and capture prey.