Bodianus loxozonus

Blackfin Pigfish | Blackfin Hogfish | Reef Pigfish
Bodianus loxozonus
Bodianus loxozonus, QLD, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Bodianus loxozonus
Bodianus loxozonus, QLD, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Bodianus loxozonus
Bodianus loxozonus, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Bodianus loxozonus
Bodianus loxozonus
Bodianus loxozonus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Yellow head with white/blue lines, thin red/yellow and white stripes along side, upper stripes reddish and broken, lower stripes yellow and continuous, large black patch extending obliquely from dorsal fin to lower tail. Similar B. bilunulatus (Saddleback Pigfish) has black blotch but it doesn\'t continue across tail base.


Max Size: 47 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.5-29.6°C

Depth: 3-100m

Habitat Generalization Index: 5.97

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 (9.5% 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