Animal Species:Goldspot Pigfish, Bodianus perditio (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)

The Goldspot Pigfish has an antiequatorial distribution.  This means that it is found in sub-tropical marine waters of the northern and southern hemispheres but not in the tropics.

Goldspot Pigfish, Bodianus perditio

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Standard Common Name

Goldspot Pigfish

Alternative Name/s

Goldspot Hogfish, Golden-spot Wrasse, Orange Threadfin Tuskfish

Identification

The Goldspot Pigfish can be recognised by its colouration.  It is orangy-red with orange spots on the head and the front half of the body.  Much of the first dorsal fin is black.  There is a yellow spot or bar (hence the standard name) on the back followed by a large black mark on the base of the soft dorsal fin and upper body.

Size range

80 cm

Distribution

It has an antitropical distribution in the Indo-west to Central Pacific.  In Australia it is known from southern Queensland to Sydney, New South Wales and from Lord Howe Island.

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 perditio

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Goldspot Pigfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It occurs in coral reef, rocky reef and inshore habitats.  It has been reported from as shallow as 10 m but usually lives at greater depths.

Classification

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

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References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. 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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