Lyretail Hogfish (Bodianus anthioides)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 20 to 198 ft. Size: 8 in. Jumps: Likely Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Diet: Crustaceans, mollusks, bristle worms
Natural History: The Lyretail Hogfish is found on reef faces and slopes in areas of rich coral growth. Adults are seen in shallower areas while juveniles are found in deeper water. Juveniles are facultative cleaners and pick parasites off of other fish. Jueniles are observed to serve as a cleaner species on the reef. Adults feed by blowing water onto sand to reveal prey.
Husbandry: The Adult Lyretail Hogfish may be aggressive with less-aggressive tankmates. Plenty of rock and hiding places should be provided for juveniles - adults need more swimming space. Juveniles are much less aggressive and should not be introduced into an aquarium with aggressive tankmates. Once established, this hogfish can hold its own with other moderately aggressive species.
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