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  Pigfish (Bodianus unimaculatus)





Pigfish | Bodianus unimaculatus photo
Red pigfish

Image by Ian Skipworth - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



PIGFISH FACTS

Description
Pigfish are pink with thin stripes on the sides of the body and red lines on the head. The lines fade as the fish ages. Males are red above with a pinkish to white region on the sides. There is a black blotch on the dorsal fin spines.

Other Names
Red Pigfish

Size
length to 45cm

Habitat
offshore reefs and islands to depths of 30m

Range
The Pigfish is found in the Southwest Pacific. In Australia it is found from southern Queensland to Victoria. Also found around New Zealand, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island and the Kermadec Islands



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Labridae
Genus:Bodianus
Species:unimaculatus
Common Name:Pigfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Blackfin Hogfish (B. loxozonus)