Bodianus axillaris

(Bennett, 1832)

Vernacular names
English : Axilspot hogfish
French : Pourceau à tache pectorale

Classification
Class : Teleostei
Order : Eupercaria i. s. (sometimes still Perciformes)
Family : Labridae
Notes : No subspecies known.

Identification
Adults can reach a maximum length of 20 cm. Adults males are usually bright red, red fading to pink on lower flanks, then to white on back third of body. Black spots on all fins except tail and pelvic. Fins are yellowish. Elongated face.

Range and habitat
The species is found in the Indo-Pacific region, from Red Sea and east Africa to south Japan, north Australia, east to Marshall and Tuamoto Islands. Lives in clear lagoons and seaward coral reefs, down to 40 meters.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : This species has a large range and remains common in at least parts of it. Not targeted by international trade. It doesn’t face any threats currently.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

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