Bodianus macrognathos 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Labridae

Scientific Name: Bodianus macrognathos (Morris, 1974)
Common Name(s):
English Giant hogfish
French Pourceau dentu
Spanish Vieja dentona
Lepidaplois macrognathos Morris, 1974
Taxonomic Notes: For taxonomic treatment see Gomon (2006).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-04-12
Assessor(s): Russell, B. & Choat, H.
Reviewer(s): Sadovy, Y. & Carpenter, K.E.
Little is known of the population and life history characteristics of this species. However, it is a large species that is widespread in the western Indian Ocean, and there are no known major threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs from the Gulf of Oman to Somalia and Kenya. It is also reliably reported from the coasts of Pakistan and western India (Manilo and Bogorodsky 2003).
Countries occurrence:
India; Kenya; Oman; Pakistan; Somalia; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):65
Upper depth limit (metres):3
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Population [top]

Population:There is no population information available for this species. In southern Oman it is relatively rare - one per 500 m2 (J.H. Choat pers. comm.2008).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:A large species, to about 595 mm SL. It is reef associated and lives in areas with rocky bottoms. Specimens have been taken at depths of 3-65 m (J.H. Choat pers. comm. 2008). Juveniles have been observed in three m (Mee pers. comm. in Gomon 2006). It is sometimes found in macro-algae habitats (J.H. Choat pers. comm. 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.2. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.7. Marine Neritic - Macroalgal/Kelp

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
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1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends

Bibliography [top]

Gomon, M.F. 2006. A revision of the labrid fish genus Bodianus with descriptions of eight new species. Records of the Australian Museum Supplement 30: 1-133.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Manilo, L.G. and Bogorodsky, S.V. 2003. Taxonomic composition, diversity and distribution of coastal fishes of the Arabian Sea. Journal of Ichthyology 43(suppl.1): S75-S149.

Citation: Russell, B. & Choat, H. 2010. Bodianus macrognathos. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187683A8599922. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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