Bodianus opercularis (Guichenot, 1847)
Blackspot hogfish
Bodianus opercularis
photo by Field, R.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Bodianinae
Max. size:  18 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 35 - 75 m
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: Red Sea, the Gulf of Aqaba in the north to Madagascar and Mauritius in the south, east to Christmas Island.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 12-12
Biology:  Adults inhabit rubble bottoms of steep outer reef slopes (Ref. 75973). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 April 2008 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 16.12.96
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 30.04.13

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