Animal Species:Foxfish, Bodianus frenchii (Klunzinger, 1880)
The Foxfish is brown to red or orange with a pale chin and two spots on the back. It occurs temperate marine waters of south-western Western Australia to eastern South Australia and from southern Queensland to eastern Tasmania.
Standard Common Name
The Foxfish is brown to red or orange with a pale chin and two spots on the back. Juveniles are brown with three yellowish patches and a black area around the pectoral fin base.
The species grows to 45 cm in length.
The Foxfish is known from temperate marine waters of south-western Western Australia to eastern South Australia and from southern Queensland to eastern Tasmania.
This distribution has a distinct gap through Victoria. Some authors believe the name B.frenchii should only be used for fish from the western part of the distribution, with fish from eastern Australia being an undescribed species of Bodianus.
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.
Distribution by collection data
It is usually seen under ledges and in caves.
- Edgar, G.J. 1997. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Reed Books. Pp. 544.
- Gomon, M.F. 2001. Descriptions of two new species of Bodianus (Perciformes: Labridae) from Australasian waters. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 28: 407-416.
- Gomon, M.F. & B.C. Russell in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow