Striped Pigfish, Bodianus izuensis Araga & Yoshino 1975

Other Names: Izu Hogfish, Striped Hogfish

A juvenile Striped Pigfish, Bodianus izuensis, in the Izu Ocean Park, Japan - depth 50 m. Source: Izuzuki / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A small deep-water species of Bodianus.
Video of a juvenile Striped Pigfish in an aquarium.

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Striped Pigfish, Bodianus izuensis Araga & Yoshino 1975

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Northwest of Barrow Island, Western Australia, the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Bare Island, Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical west Pacific (Japan, Taiwan and New Caledonia). Inhabits rocky and coral reefs.


Dorsal fin XII, 9-10; Anal fin III, 12; Caudal fin 9-10 + 2 + 10; Pectoral fin ii, 14-15; Lateral line scales 30; Scales above lateral line 4-4.5; Scales below lateral line 10.5-12; Predorsal scales about 8-10; Gill rakers (total) 14-18.

Body and caudal peduncle moderate in depth; snout short; scaly basal sheath on dorsal and anal fins ½–2 scales in depth; posterior corner of mouth just posterior to vertical through forward extent of orbit; upper jaw with the first prominent anterior canine slightly smaller than second; moderately developed canines on dental ridge in small individuals 2-10, less distinct in larger specimens; prominent canines at posterior end of jaw 1–2 (usually 2); lower jaw with first prominent anterior canine slightly more than half size of second; teeth in 2 or 3 series on dental ridge, forming single row; first series with 3–9 small canines becoming progressively longer posteriorly, originating immediately posterior to anterior canines; first series followed by 4–10 short canines in series, sometimes 2 slightly larger canines terminally; vomer 1 or 2 canines; pelvic fin distinctly not reaching anus.


The species is named izuensis for the type locality, the Izu Oceanic Park, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Species Citation

Bodianus izuensis Araga & Yoshino, 1975, Coast. Fish. South. Japan: 296, pl. 103(G). Type locality: Reef off the Izu Oceanic Park, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, depth about 35 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Striped Pigfish, Bodianus izuensis Araga & Yoshino 1975


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CAAB Code:37384058


Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:12-105 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm SL

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