lyre-tail hogfish

Scientific name Bodianus anthioides
Descriptor Bennett
Year of description 1832
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Bodianus
Bodianus anthioides Bodianus anthioides


Bodianus anthioides, commonly known as lyre-tail hogfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    24 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    24 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize the lyre-tail hogfish ?

The lyre-tail hogfish measures around 18 cm. The dominant males can however reach 24 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly rouge and blanc body. The also has noir tasks.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The lyre-tail hogfish is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

The lyre-tail hogfish is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.


  • Reproduction

The lyre-tail hogfish is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    6 - 80 m

Biotope presentation

The lyre-tail hogfish is most often found at a depth between 6m and 80m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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