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Haemulon vittatum


Photo take at -40 ft on a coral reef, The boga is a spindle-shaped fish. It has a deeply forked caudal fin, and its two dorsal fins are close together. It is also able to protrude its mouth much further than many fishes, hence the name bonnetmouth. They usually have 14-15 spines on their dorsal fins, but only 10 soft rays. They have two spines and 9 rays on their anal fins, as well.The longest recorded Boga was 23 cm in length.


The boga is only known from the western Atlantic Ocean from Florida and the Bahamas south to northern South America, including the Antilles and the Caribbean.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Tom they are hard to see in this area only a few times!

Tom15 11 years ago

Nice, I like the orange mouth on these fish!

Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Jan 6, 2013
Submitted on Mar 6, 2013

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