barred hogfish

Scientific name Bodianus scrofa
Descriptor Valenciennes
Year of description 1839
IUCN category VU
Family Labridae
Genus Bodianus
Bodianus scrofa Bodianus scrofa


Bodianus scrofa, commonly known as barred hogfish, is a salt water fish from the Temperate Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    70 cm
  • Maximum size
    80 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    70 cm
  • Maximum size
    80 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the barred hogfish ?

The barred hogfish measures around 70 cm. The dominant males can however reach 80 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune and rose body. The also has rouge and jaune horizontal stripes.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The barred hogfish is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the barred hogfish has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
  • Polygamy
  • Hermaphrodite

The barred hogfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre. In this species, the dominant males are polygamous and reproduce each season with several females. 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?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    16 - 24 °C
  • Depth
    15 - 200 m
  • Flow
    Strong and Medium

Biotope presentation

The barred hogfish is most often found at a depth between 15m and 200m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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