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Genus: Bodianus, Hogfish Wrasse, Hogfishes

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snout pointed
canine - rear top jaw
front jaws - canines
LL: smoothly arched, 31-32



Body robust, compressed; snout pointed; mouth protrusible, opens at front, thick lips; rear of top jawbone not visible on cheek; toothed grinding plates in throat; a canine tooth at rear of top jaw, strong canines at front of both jaws; gill membranes fused under throat; dorsal fin XII, not obviously notched between spiny and soft parts; anal fin III, 12; lateral line unbroken, smoothly arched; scales large, 31-32 with pores on lateral line.

A pantropical genus of about 38 species; with 2 W Atlantic species in our area.