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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Recorded in Australia from the Northwest Shelf to Scott Reef, WA, and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland and the Coral Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the Indo-Pacific from Madagascar to New Caledonia, north to Japan, and south to New Zealand. 

Adults often occur around rubble and sandy areas on,steep outer reef slopes and drop-offs, usually near very deep water.


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


 The group usually comprising juveniles and females which are dominated by a large male (Ref. 48636). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding


The specific name bimaculatus is from the Latin bis meaning 'two' or 'twice', and macula meaning 'spot', in reference to the characteristic black spots on the opercleum and caudal peduncle.

Species Citation

Bodianus bimaculatus Allen, 1973, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 86(32): 385, fig. 1. Type locality: Palau Islands. 


Dianne J. Bray

Twospot Pigfish, Bodianus bimaculatus Allen 1973


Allen, G.R. 1973. Bodianus bimaculatus, a new species of wrasse (Pisces : Labridae) from the Palau Archipelago. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 86(32): 385-390 fig. 1

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384055

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:30-60 metres

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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