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Bodianus vulpinus  (Richardson, 1850)

Western pigfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Labridae (Wrasses) > Bodianinae
Etymology: Bodianus: Bodianus after Bodiano or Pudiano, from the Portuguese pudor, meaning modesty (Jordan & Evermann, 1896).;  vulpinus: Name from the feminine Latin noun vulpes for fox, and inus meaning pertaining to; perhaps in reference to the elongate fox-like snout in this species (Ref. 75973).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 100 - 250 m (Ref. 75973).   Subtropical, preferred ?

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Eastern Indian Ocean: endemic to Western Australia. Reported from New Zealand in a number of references (Ref. 5755, 27073) but following Kuiter 1993 (Ref. 9002) these would be misidentifications of Bodianus unimaculatus. Report of occurrence from Hawaii, Ryukyu and Easter islands (Ref. 28618) need to be verified.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 43.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 28618)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits sandy bottom and some rock and coral rubble (Ref. 75973); adults inhabit rock reef (Ref. 75154). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).

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Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).

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Gomon, M.F., 2006. A revision of the labrid fish genus Bodianus with descriptions of eight new species. Rec. Aust. Mus. Suppl. 30:1-133. (Ref. 75973)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01349 (0.00610 - 0.02985), b=3.05 (2.85 - 3.25), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (54 of 100) .