Twospot Pigfish, Bodianus bimaculatus Allen 1973

Other Names: Twospot Hogfish

A Twospot Pigfish, Bodianus bimaculatus, at Izu Ocean Park, japan. Source: Izuzuki / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Males of this small pigfish are pinkish with narrow red stripes. Small juveniles are bright yellow, and females become more orange as the red stripes develop. 

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Twospot Pigfish, Bodianus bimaculatus Allen 1973

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Northwest Shelf to Scott Reef, Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland and reefs in the Coral Sea, to off Crowdy Head, New South Wales. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the Indo-Pacific from Madagascar to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, north to Japan, and south to New Zealand. 

Adults often inhabit rubble and sandy areas on steep outer reef slopes and drop-offs, usually near very deep water. Forms small harems in soft bottom habitats with sponges and soft corals.


Dorsal fin XII, 9-10; Anal fin III, 11-12. 


Protogynous hermaphrodites with a large dominant male forming a harem comprising juveniles and females.


The specific name bimaculatus is from the Latin bi- (= two, twice), and macula (=spot), in reference to the characteristic black spots on the opercleum and caudal peduncle of this species.

Species Citation

Bodianus bimaculatus Allen, 1973, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 86(32): 385, fig. 1. Type locality: Vertical dropoff at Bairakaseru Island, Ngemelis Islands, Palau Archipelago, Philippine Sea, depth 42 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Twospot Pigfish, Bodianus bimaculatus Allen 1973


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CAAB Code:37384055


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:30-60 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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