Fish ID: Coral Hogfish

Wrasse coral hogfish gbr hp
Family Wrasse (LABRIDAE)
species Bodianus axillaris
size Up to 18cm
locality Coastal and outer reefs
behaviour Quite shy; usually along reef margins
range Tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans

Hogfish are a quite elongated form of wrasse, with small anal fin, and small dorsal fin (symmetrical with anal). Adult has red front, white rear and distinct black spots at the base of the pectoral fins and edges of dorsal and anal fins.