Now, a new genetic analysis of the hogfish reveals evidence to explain how they do it. Published in the Journal of Comparative Physiology A , the results suggest that light-sensing evolved separately in two tissues. The hogfish Lachnolaimus maximus. The hogfish is a species of wrasse native to the western Atlantic Ocean. It is present in the Caribbean and north to Bermuda and the Carolinas and extends southwards to the northern region of the Brazilian Coast. The species is found on coral reefs at feet m depth, especially sandy outer reef slopes.

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More on author: Walbaum. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total : 14; Dorsal soft rays total : 11; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : Deep-bodied wrasse with a strongly arched dorsal profile. First 3 dorsal spines filamentous. Only wrasse with elongate dorsal spines and such a highly arched profile Ref. Color variable but generally mottled brownish red with a black spot at rear base of dorsal fin Ref.

Adults are found over open bottoms or coral reef areas Ref. Often encountered where gorgonians are abundant Ref. Feed mainly on mollusks, also crabs and sea urchins Ref. Flesh highly esteemed; marketed fresh and frozen Ref. Have been reared in captivity Ref. Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity Reproduction Spawning Eggs Fecundity Larvae Monandric no primary males , protogynous hermaphrodites.

Sex change is postmaturation; it is initiated among individuals cm LF or yrs but was also observed in fish as large as Sex change occurred after one more spawning as a female seasons and requires several months to complete Ref. Harem spawner Ref. Spawning activity is characterised by the following event called 'spawning rush': 1 pectoral swim up, 2 tail swim, 3 swin alongsode and tilt, 4 release, 5 circle and display, and 6 swim down Ref. Ray , A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America.

Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. Estimates based on models Preferred temperature Ref. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Trophic Level Ref. Resilience Ref. Vulnerability Ref. Price category Ref. Common name e.

Gadus morhua. Lachnolaimus maximus Walbaum , Hogfish. Add your observation in Fish Watcher Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed. Google image. Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 30 m Ref. Maturity: L m Dorsal spines total : 14; Dorsal soft rays total : 11; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : A large and economically valuable species, monandric and a protogynous hermaphrodite Ref.

Monandric no primary males , protogynous hermaphrodites. Robins, C. CMS Ref. Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: commercial. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Summary page Point data Common names Photos. Preferred temperature Ref. Entered by Luna, Susan M.

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Species: Lachnolaimus maximus, the hogfish

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Hogfish Can ‘See’ with Its Skin

This species occurs around reefs , especially preferring areas with plentiful gorgonians. This species is currently the only known member of its genus. The hogfish is characterized by a large, laterally compressed body shape. It possesses a very elongated snout, which it uses to search for crustaceans buried in the sediment. This very long "pig-like" snout and its rooting behavior give the hogfish its name. The caudal or tail fin is somewhat lunate and the pectoral fins are along the lateral sides of the body with the paired pelvic fins directly below. A prominent black spot behind the pectoral fins differentiates males from females.

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