Bodianus bilunulatus

Saddleback hogfish | Red-streaked Pigfish | Saddleback Wrasse | Tarry Hogfish
Bodianus bilunulatus
Bodianus bilunulatus, Photo: Ian Shaw
Bodianus bilunulatus
Bodianus bilunulatus, WA, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Bodianus bilunulatus
Bodianus bilunulatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Red-pink on back and pale underside, red scale margins forming cross-hatched pattern on back and lines along belly. White patch on cheek and dark saddle on tail base which does not extend fully across tail base as in B. loxozonus (Blackfin Pigfish).


Max Size: 55 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.4-29.3°C

Depth: 3-160m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (8.9% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields