Two spot slender hogfish
  • Bodianus bimaculatus

EnglishName: Two spot slender hogfish Local Name : Dhelah hikaa Size : Max. 10 cm Family: LABRIDAE Order : Perciformes Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 12 spines and 9-10 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 12 rays. Pectoral fin with 14-16 rays. Body depth 3.6-4.0 in standard length. Caudal fin rounded. Colour: Yellow to orange with six narrow red stripes shading to yellow on lower third of head and body. A large yellow edged black spot on opercle and a black spot about the size of pupil on caudal fin base slightly above the end of lateral line. Habitat and Biology: Generally found on deep outer reef slopes at depths greater than 40 m. Feeds on benthic invertebrates. Distribution: Indo-West Pacific. Remarks: Bodianus bimaculatus is the smallest member of the genus. It does not appear to be common in Maldives. This may be because it is a rather deep dwelling species.