Animal Species:Axilspot Hogfish, Bodianus axillaris (Bennett, 1831)

The Axilspot Hogfish is mainly found in the Indo-Pacific and it is also common to see them kept in aquariums.

An Axilspot Hogfish at North Solitary Island

Ian Shaw © Ian Shaw

Standard Common Name

Axilspot Hogfish

Alternative Name/s

Axil Hog

Identification

Adult Axilspot Hogfish are red-brown anteriorly, grading to white posteriorly. They have a large black spot on the pectoral fin base, on the soft dorsal fin and on the anal fin. Juveniles are black with two rows of large white spots.

Size range

The Axilspot Hogfish grows to 20 cm in length.

Distribution

The species has a widespread Indo-Pacific distribution.

In Australia it is recorded from the south-western coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to the central coast of New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Bodianus axillaris

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Axilspot Hogfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
axillaris
Genus:
Bodianus
Family:
Labridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

Further Reading

  1. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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