Axilspot hogfish

Characteristics

Usually occurs singly. Feeds on hard invertebrates, such as crustaceans and mollusks.

Description

Adult:
  • Anteriorly purplish brown, posteriorly white.
  • Anal fin, caudal fin and rear dorsal fin yellowish.
  • A large black spot at pectoral fin base. A black spot also appears on rear dorsal fin, the front tip of the dorsal fin, and anal fin. Similar in appearance to another local species, the Splitlevel hogfish, but readily distinguishable by the black spots on dorsal and anal fins which are lacking in the Splitlevel hogfish. The Splitlevel hogfish also has a red to yellow spot on the pectoral fin base, which is not present in the Axilspot hogfish.
Juvenile:
  • Body dark brown to black with several white blotches on head and body.

Common Name: Axilspot hogfish

Family Common Name: Wrasses

Family: Labridae

Scientific Name: Bodianus axillaris___(Bennett, 1832)

Genus: Bodianus

Maximum Length: 20 cm (Standard Length)