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Colored Cuban

Colored Cuban
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Copyright: Fausto Barros (fbarrosn) (29)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-16
Categories: Fish
Camera: Sealife Reefmaster DC310, Secure Digital
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-19 6:54
Viewed: 5000
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found out that this colourful fish, called Budião in Brazil, is known elsewhere as Cuban Hogfish. I have never been to Cuba but I can imagine how much of them one should find there. In this case, I shot it in Arraial do Cabo, in the south-east coast of Brazil.

The Cuban hogfish is a resident of deep rocky and coral reef slopes. This species is most common at depths greater than 30 m (98 ft), and has been reported as deep as 106 m (345 ft). However, during the spawning season juveniles are often found under ledges at depths as shallow as 7.5 m (25 feet).

Juveniles of this species, under about 6 cm (2.5 inches), are lemon yellow overall, with a black spot on the anterior part of the dorsal fin. They usually assume the adult color phase within weeks after being placed in the aquarium. Adults have a bright yellow tail and yellow on the posterior part of the body and dorsal fin, while the rest of the body and fins are bright red. There is also a white line under the eye running towards the tail and dark spot at the front of the dorsal fin.

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