Bodianus sepiacaudus Gomon 2006

Other Names: Candy Cane Hogfish, Crescenttail Hogfish, Crescent-tail Hogfish, Pacific Redstriped Hogfish

The holotype of the Crescent-tail Hogfish, Bodianus sepiacaudus, possibly from Bali, Indonesia, 70.0 mm SL, NMV A18420. Source: S. Michael, in Gomon 2006 A revision of the labrid fish genus Bodianus, Rec Aus Mus, Suppl 30. License: All rights reserved

A small slender hogfish with red and white stripes, the broader reddish stripes becoming blackish towards the rear, and a black spot on the gill cover. The pelvic fins are whitish and the tail has a large black spot often followed by white, yellow, red and/or black crescent-shaped bands posteriorly.

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Bodianus sepiacaudus Gomon 2006

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Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical west-central Pacific, from Indonesia, the Philippines, Fiji, Kiritimati Atoll and the Line Islands.

Similar Species

Differs from the similar Bodianus masudai (not found in Australian waters) in having white pelvic fins, white interspaces , whereas they are yellow to white in B. masudai.


The specific name sepiacaudus: is from the Latin 'sepia' (ink) and 'cauda' (tail) in reference to the inky black caudal peduncle and base of the caudal fin that distinguish this species.

Species Citation

Bodianus sepiacaudus Gomon 2006, Rec. Aust. Mus. Suppl. 30: 33, Fig. 16, Pl. 2G-H. Type locality:  Bali (?), Indonesia. 


Dianne J. Bray

Bodianus sepiacaudus Gomon 2006


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

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. PDF Open access

Russell, B. 2010. Bodianus sepiacaudus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187576A8573103. Downloaded on 27 November 2015.

Quick Facts

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:20-75 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max weight:10 cm TL

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