The National Aquarium and its Animal Care and Rescue Center will be closed through April 26 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). CLICK HERE for more information.

Animal Update: Spanish Hogfish

A Spanish hogfish has been added to our Surviving Through Adaptation exhibit!

Published March 11, 2016

spanish-hogfish

Spanish hogfish are found in the tropical waters of the western Atlantic from Bermuda and southern Florida to southern Brazil. They inhabit rocky and algal covered reefs, as well as seagrass meadows.

Adult Spanish hogfish feed primarily on invertebrates, such as mollusks, brittle stars, crustaceans and sea urchins. Juveniles, on the other hand, are facultative cleaners—they feed on parasites picked from larger fishes. 

Spanish hogfish are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning they are born female with some individuals later becoming male. They are typically found in small groups with a single dominant male and multiple females. 

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

Previous Post

Featured Stories

Calypso header Remembering Calypso

We’re looking back at Calypso’s incredible life and reflecting on the many ways she impacted the lives of those who knew her best.

Read the full story

octo header No Hands? No Problem: Tool Use Among Aquatic Animals

Aquatic animals are resourceful—just like humans, when they can’t solve a problem, they can look to the world around them ... and fashion tools!  

Read the full story

Related Stories

Animal Rescue Update: Cold-Stunned Turtles

Published March 06, 2020

Animal Update: McHenry the Loggerhead Ready for Release

Published October 25, 2018