Bodianus diana
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Bodianus diana
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Bodianus diana
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Bodianus diana
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Bodianus diana
Source: Oceanreef.dk - Kasper Hareskov Tygesen

Facts

Latin name Bodianus diana - (Lacepède, 1801)
Common name Red Diana Hogfish
Family Labridae - Bodianus
Origin East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, The Red Sea, Indonesia
Max length 17.0 cm (6.7")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 500 l (132 gal)
Hardiness Hardy
Suitable for aquarium Suitable with care
Reef safe Reef safe with caution
Aggressiveness Aggressive towards other species

Food

Maybee
  • Parasites
Recommended
  • Zooplankton (Cyclops, pods...)
  • Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)
  • Other invertebrates

Aggressive

This species can be extremely aggressive towards other fish.

Be careful when keeping these fish together with peaceful or docile species. Regular feeding, plenty of hiding places and a lot of space can alleviate aggressive behavior to some degree.

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.

Eats worms, small mussels and crustaceans

This species likes to eat worms, small bivalves and small crustaceans.

Requires plenty of space for swimming.

This species revels in swimming and requires an aquarium with ample space.

Hermaphroditic

This species can change gender from female to male.

When a male is needed, a female changes sex and takes on the role.

Hiding places

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.

FishBase

Aquarium trade Yes
Distribution Indian Ocean: East Africa (questionable in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia), east to the Nicobar Islands and Cocos-Keeling Islands (Ref. 75973). Replaced by Bodianus dictynna in the tropical Western Pacific and the the longer snouted Bodianus pro
English common names Diana's hogfish, Diana's pigfish
German common names Diana's Schweinsfisch
French common names Tamarin

References and further reading

About references

Bob Fenner. The Wrasses We Call Hogfishes - Wet Web Media - (English)
Scott Michael. 2002. Aquarium Fish: The Hogfishes, Family Labridae - Advanced Aquarist - (English)

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).

Tags

hermaphroditic, aggressive territorial, eats crab, eats bivalve clams mussels scallops, eats fish, eats bristleworm polychaete fireworm
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