Axil Hogfish

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Description of the Axil Hogfish

The Axil Hogfish is also known as the Coral Hogfish, Coral Pigfish, Bicolor Wrasse, Axilfish Hogfish and the Axil Pigfish. The Juveniles act as cleaner fish and like other hogfish it has an amazing appetite!

Popular Name: Axil Hogfish
Species: Bodianus axillaris

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Axil Hogfish

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Profile of the Axil Hogfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Axil Hogfish species.

  • Size: Up to 20cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 24 to 27 Degrees. PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Blackworms, Mysis Shrimp, Brine Shrimp

  • Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

  • Habitat: Reef Dweller at depths of up to 100m

  • Range: Indo Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Axil Hogfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Bodianus axillaris

  • Popular Name: Axilfish Hogfish - Coral Hogfish - Coral Pigfish - Bicolor Wrasse - Axil Pigfish
    Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Labridae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Axil Hogfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Axil Hogfish slimy?
Axil Hogfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Axil Hogfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Axil Hogfish have gills?
Gills enable the Axil Hogfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

 

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Axil Hogfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Axil Hogfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Axil Hogfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Axil Hogfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Axil Hogfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Axil Hogfish

Axil Hogfish

  • Interesting Information about Axil Hogfish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Axil Hogfish slimy?

  • Why do the Axil Hogfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Axil Hogfish have fins?

  • Species: Bodianus axillaris

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