Boarfish

The Boarfish (Capros aper) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Caproidae family.  

The Boarfish is reddish-orange with darker bands running vertically down its diamond-shaped body. It has large eyes, a protruded nose (like a pig’s nose) and a tube-like mouth. It has saw-toothed scales.

During breeding season, the male has orange lines on its body, and its dorsal (back) and ventral fins (near its stomach) turn red. During the breeding season, the female is orange and her belly and ventral fins turn silver. 

Boarfish

It grows to about 13-30 centimetres (6-12 inches) in length.

The Boarfish is common in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from western Norway to Sengal. It prefers to swim near the ocean floor in deep waters. This is called demersal living. It likes muddy bottoms and coral reefs.

It feeds on crabs, shrimps, molluscs, and worms. 

Boarfish
Boarfish
Boarfish

[Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia and Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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