Bodianus opercularis

(Guichenot, 1847)

Vernacular names
English : Blackspot hogfish
French : Pourceau à tache noire

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

Identification
The species can reach 18 cm in length. Slender body with elongated face. Body coloration bright red with two longitudinal white bands on flanks and white belly. All find are striped red and white except pectoral fin mostly white.

Range and habitat
The species is found in the Indian Ocean, from Red Sea and South Africa to Mauritius and east to Christmas Islands near western Indonesia. Lives in rubble bottoms near steep outer reef slopes, from 30 to 75 meters deep.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is less dependant on coral reefs and found in deeper water which means it is less vulnerable to habitat destruction and overcollection.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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