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  Blackfin Hogfish (Bodianus loxozonus)





Blackfin Hogfish | Bodianus loxozonus photo
Bodianus loxozonus, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia

Image by Leonard Low - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BLACKFIN HOGFISH FACTS

Description
The Blackfin Hogfish is yellow-orange with narrow horizontal white stripes. Adult fish have a broad diagonal black band or blotch across the rear part of the body extending to the lower base of the tail. The black patch is smaller on large males. The pelvic fins are black. There is a black spot at the front of the dorsal fin. The tail is pale with yellow to black margins.

Size
length to 40cm

Habitat
clear lagoons, seaward reefs, slopes or upper part of drop-offs at depths from 3m to 100m

Food
molluscs, crustaceans

Range
The Blackfin Hogfish is found in tropical marine waters of the Western and Central Pacific, from Indonesia, throughout South-east Asia and Micronesia, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to French Polynesia. In Australia it is found along the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Labridae
Genus:Bodianus
Species:loxozonus
Common Name:Blackfin Hogfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Pigfish (B. unimaculatus)