Bodianus mesothorax

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Bodianus mesothorax
Bodianus mesothorax, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Bodianus mesothorax
Bodianus mesothorax, juvenile, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Bodianus mesothorax
Bodianus mesothorax, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Bodianus mesothorax
Bodianus mesothorax
Bodianus mesothorax


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Black wedge in mid body divides light rear and dark front of body. Black line from corner of mouth to rear edge of gill cover and yellow spot within a large black spot at pectoral fin base. Lacks black anal and dorsal fin spots of B. axillaris (Coral Pigfish). Juveniles dark with yellow spots on snout, head and body.


Max Size: 25 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.4-31.5°C

Depth: 5-40m

Habitat Generalization Index: 9.09

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: Frequent (19.3% 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: Few (2 per transect)

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

Edit by: Joe Shields