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Lachnolaimus maximus (Walbaum 1792), is THE Hogfish in the tropical western Atlantic. A beauty when small (most offered in the trade at 6-8 inches) but quickly grows BIG (to thirty-two inches in the wild!). A shy giant that often comes in too beat to acclimate to captivity. Below, an eight inch juvenile in captivity just out of its mottled color phase, a  two and a half foot individual in the Grand Bahamas Channel.
 

Oxycheilinus celebicus (Bleeker 1853), the Celebes (Splendour) Wrasse. To 24 cm. Western Pacific; Moluccas, S. Japan, Tonga. Here in S. Sulawesi.



Cheilinus chlorourus (Bloch 1791), the Floral Wrasse (1). Hardy, but not as good-looking as some of its congeners. To twenty inches long in the wild; much smaller in captivity. Indo-Pacific out to the Tuamotus. KBR, N. Sulawesi, Indo.
 

Cheilinus fasciatus, (Bloch 1791), the Redbreasted Wrasse. Indo-Pacific; Red Sea, East Africa to Samoa. To sixteen inches overall length. Wakatobi; S. Sulawesi, Indo.
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