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Olive-brown seasnake

Olive-brown seasnake

Blotcheye soldierfish

Blotcheye soldierfish

Hawaiian squirrelfish

Hawaiian squirrelfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Emperor angelfish

Emperor angelfish

Powderblue surgeonfish

Powderblue surgeonfish

Azure damselfish

Azure damselfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Clown coris

Clown coris

Moorish idol

Moorish idol

Spotted surgeonfish

Spotted surgeonfish

Clown coris

Clown coris

Blue-spotted stingray

Blue-spotted stingray

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Facts

LatinBodianus mesothorax
Size25 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans, snails and mussels
HabitatCoral reefs
IUCN

Least concern

LocationWestern Pacific
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Change of colour

The blackbelt hogfish changes colour when it reaches maturity. The young fish is purple with yellow patches, while the adult is purple and yellow. That means the hogfish can tell the difference between young, harmless fish and the potentially dangerous older ones.


Common octopus

Cuttlefish

Seadragons

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The pier

Coral reef

Small fish

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