Species Index

Bodianus bilunulatus
(Lacepede, 1801)

Common Name: Saddleback Pigfish

Distribution: Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific, east coast of Africa to Japan, the Philippines and New Caledonia. In Australia recorded from Shark Bay and Exmouth region of Western Australia, and southern Queensland.

Ecological Notes: Inhabits coral and rocky reef, shallow lagoons and reef drop offs, to a depth of at least 160 m.

Additional Notes: Usually solitary, adults normally have a oval shaped blue/black spot near the tail, which may be indistinct with age. Feeds on a variety of larger benthic invertebrates. Grows to about 55 cm.

References: R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p288.

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