streamer hogfish

Scientific name Bodianus diplotaenia
Descriptor Gill
Year of description 1862
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Bodianus
Bodianus diplotaenia Bodianus diplotaenia


Bodianus diplotaenia, commonly known as streamer hogfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    45 cm
  • Maximum size
    76 cm
  • Pattern
    rayure verticale
  • Average size
    45 cm
  • Maximum size
    76 cm
  • Pattern
    rayure verticale

How to recognize the streamer hogfish ?

The streamer hogfish measures around 45 cm. The dominant males can however reach 76 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune, bleu and noir body. The also has jaune rayure verticale.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The streamer hogfish is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

The streamer 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
  • Hermaphrodite

The streamer hogfish is a fish ovipare. always born female. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become male, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protogynous type.

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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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    5 - 75 m

Biotope presentation

The streamer hogfish is most often found at a depth between 5m and 75m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Phylogeny and biogeography of hogfishes and allies (Bodianus, Labridae) - Francesco Santini - Michael E. Alfaro - Laurie Sorenson - Elsevier Ltd - 2016.

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