Bodianus axillaris   (Bennett,  1832) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 20.0 cm SL (male)

Color: Juveniles and females easily recognized by the generally black body with large white spots; males have large black spots on the soft parts of the dorsal and anal fins. Juveniles resemble the juveniles of Bodianus mesothorax but have white rather than yellow spots. Undergoes a dramatic color change with growth.

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 12-13.

Act as cleaners by picking at bodies of other fishes (adults occasionally do this).

Synonym (s)
Cossyphus octomaculatus Lienard, 1891
(Junior synonym)
Labrus axillaris Bennett, 1832
(Senior synonym)
Lepidaplois albomaculatus Smith, 1957
(Junior synonym)
Lepidaplois axillaris (Bennett, 1832)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Axilspot Hogfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium, used as bait)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fishes, benthic crustaceans, molluscs, echinoderms


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Anand, PEV and Pillai, NGK (2003) Habitat distribution and species diversity of coral reef fishes in the reefslope of the Kavaratti atoll, Lakshadweep, India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 45(1) 88-98 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Sujatha, K (1995) Finfish constituents of trawl by-catch off Visakhapatnam Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 32(1) 56-60 Available at - NIO, Goa

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