Bodianus bilunulatus (Lacepede, 1801)

Bodianus bilunulatus
Bodianus bilunulatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
16m
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 160m.

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 55cm.

References:

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

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://fishbase.ca/summary/Bodianus-bilunulatus.html. Accessed 28/04/18.