|Latin name||Bodianus bilunulatus - (Lacepède, 1801)|
|Common name||Saddleback Hogfish|
|Family||Labridae - Bodianus|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||55.0 cm (21.7")|
As aquarium fish
An effective invertebrate hunter
These fish will hunt crustaceans, sea urchins and worms in an aquarium, very effectively.
Demand a very large aquarium when fully grown
This species needs a very large aquarium when fully grown.
Exactly how big the aquarium should be is hard to say, but the size of this species is such, that it cannot normally be kept in a home aquarium.
Searches through sand for food
This species searches through the sand for food, which can make the water cloudy and shakes up detritus.
In an aquarium their natural food source in the sand is quickly exhausted.
Requires plenty of space for swimming.
This species revels in swimming and requires an aquarium with ample space.
This species can change gender from female to male.
When a male is needed, a female changes sex and takes on the role.
This species can be very shy when first introduced into a new aquarium.
More aggressive fish can be introduced after this species has acclimatized.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
Genus description (Bodianus)
Hogfish (Bodianus) get their name from the way they look for food in the substrate using their snout. They can regularly be seen blowing water down into the sand and in their natural habitat they often follow other fish which have disturbed it.
Hogfish are quite hardy and in time eat all the most common available fish foods. They do however, demand plenty of space to swim and for concealment.
They can hide for long periods of time if kept with more aggressive species. Hogfish can also be aggressive towards more docile species or those that resembles themselves.
When fully grown they can become a threat to various invertebrates, e.g. worms, snails, small bivalves and crustaceans amongst others.
Family description (Labridae)
Wrasses are nearly always seen in reef aquaria, since many of the species are both attractive and useful in battling a range of unwanted invertebrates like i.e. flatworms, pyramide snails.
These fish live of everything from zooplankton to large crustaceans, sea urchins and the like.
The needs and behaviour of Wrasses vary greatly, so it is vital to familiarize oneself with the specific species before buying one.
|Distribution||Indo-West Pacific: east coast of Africa to Japan, the Philippines and New Caledonia.|
|English common names||Saddleback pigfish, Saddleback hogfish, Tarry hogfish, Crescent banded hogfish, Hawaiian hogfish|
References and further reading
Scott W. Michael. 2009. Wrasses and Parrotfishes (Reef Fishes Series Book 5) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|hermaphroditic, docile shy, eats shrimp, eats crab, eats sea urchin, eats bristleworm polychaete fireworm|