Eastern Pigfish

ANIMAL SPECIES:

Eastern Pigfish, Bodianus unimaculatus(Gunther, 1862)

Male Eastern Pigfish are red above with a pinkish to white region on the side below the dorsal fin rays. The species occurs from southern Queensland to Victoria and also in New Zealand.

Standard Common Name

Eastern Pigfish

Alternative Name/s

Banded Pigfish, Black-spot Pigfish, Eastern Blackspot Pigfish, Pigfish, Reddish Blackspot Pigfish

Identification

Young Eastern Pigfish are pinkish with thin stripes on the sides of the body and red lines on the head.As a fish ages the lines become less evident. Males are red above with a pinkish to white region on the side below the dorsal fin rays. There is a black blotch on the dorsal fin spines.

Size range

The species grows to 45 cm in length.

Distribution

Eastern Pigfish occur from southern Queensland to Victoria and also from New Zealand.

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