Key Largo Fish ID

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Key Largo, Florida, Molasses Reef, Buoy M2 (an offshore buoy), May 8, 2010, 57 feet of water, 81 degrees Fahrenheit.

When I saw this fish, I thought it was a Spanish hogfish, but, looking through "Reef Fish," my wife suggested it might be a juvenile beaugregory or a juvenile cocoa damselfish. Are either of us correct, and what is the distinguishing characteristic?

Thank You,
Marty Dick

Spanish Hogfish

Its a Spanish Hogfish, its too big to be a damsel fish. Also damsel fish body is more oval shape.

Thank You

Thank You, A thorough and informative answer.
Marty

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