Diana's Pigfish, Bodianus diana (Lacépède 1801)

Other Names: Diana's Hogfish, Diana's Wrasse

Diana's Pigfish, Bodianus diana, in Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Source: Dennis Polack / FishWise Professional. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

Very similar to and easily confused with the recently described Bodianus dictynna.

Juveniles are brown with numerous small to irregular white spots on the head and snout above the level of the mouth; spots behind the eye are usually distinct, and often aligned in rows. Males (Terminal phase adults) lack prominent black spots on the rear of the dorsal fin, and on the middle of the anal fin and on the pelvic fin.

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Gomon, M.F. & Bray, D.J. 2016, Bodianus diana in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Jul 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/212

Diana's Pigfish, Bodianus diana (Lacépède 1801)

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Restricted to the Indian Ocean, excluding the Red Sea. It occurs from the Red Sea to South Africa (Natal), Comoro Is, Aldabra, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Chagos Archipelago, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nicobars, Cocos (Keeling) Island and Northwestern Australia.


Occasionally sold in the aquarium industry.


Gomon, M.F. & Bray, D.J. 2016

Diana's Pigfish, Bodianus diana (Lacépède 1801)


Gomon, M.F. 2006. A revision of the labrid fish genus Bodianus with descriptions of eight new species. Records of the Australian Museum Supplement 30: 1-133.

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical reef-fishes of the western Pacific Indonesia and adjacent waters. Gramedia Pustaka Utama, Jakarta.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. 433 pp. (as Bodianus sp) 

Kuiter, R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 2. Fusiliers - Dragonets, Caesionidae - Callionymidae. Zoonetics, Australia.

Russell, B. 2010. Bodianus diana. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. . Downloaded on 13 August 2013.

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CAAB Code:37384056

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:6-50 m (usually 6-25 m)

Habitat:Coral reefs

Max Size:17 cm SL

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