One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A colourful wrasse (fish) that occurs chiefly in the warm waters of the western Atlantic, often acting as a cleaner fish for other species.
Several genera and species in the family Labridae, in particular the large edible Lachnolaimus maximus
- ‘Small clusters of snappers and Mexican hogfish momentarily lose their companions in the melee, while trumpetfish are swept along with enthusiasm for a meal, hoping not to become one!’
- ‘‘On our last dive we saw a bunch of juvenile hogfish,’ reports Haskell, a species he describes as a snapper with markings around its eyes and a rooster-tail fin.’
- ‘At the end of the dive you can make your way back to the eel-grass, where bumphead parrotfish and hogfish with attendant bar jacks feed in the sand.’
- ‘A Spanish hogfish poses in its zebra-striped nightclothes, but every time I bring it into my lamp beam to frame up its portrait, it instantly changes back to its drab daylight guise.’
- ‘Longfin damselfish aggressively defend their territory from all intruders and are therefore rarely cleaned by facultative cleaners such as juvenile bluehead wrasse and Spanish hogfish.’
- ‘Well, the same happens in reverse with cleaning, to the point where, if you are really lucky, you might get to see a fully grown angelfish or hogfish cleaning a shark.’
- ‘A hogfish had been ‘cleaning’ me, nibbling at my equipment and at my fingers.’
- ‘At one point, a huge puffer vied for attention with an even bigger hogfish, while an eagle ray dug into the sand beneath an overhang of soft corals.’
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