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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Labridae
Genus: Bodianus
Species: B. frenchii
Binomial name
Bodianus frenchii
(Klunzinger, 1880)
  • Cossyphus frenchii Klunzinger, 1879
  • Trochocopus rufus W. J. Macleay, 1878

The foxfish, Bodianus frenchii, is a species of wrasse native to the temperate marine waters in southwestern Western Australia to eastern South Australia, and from southern Queensland to eastern Tasmania, at depths between 10 and 40 m.[2] A gap in the distribution of foxfish occurs through Victoria. [2] Its length is up to 45 cm.


The foxfish is brown, red, or orange with two spots on the back. When foxfish are juveniles, they are brown and have three yellow patches with a black area around the pectoral fin.[2]


Foxfish are typically found living under ledges and in caves.[2]


  1. ^ Russell, B., Choat, H., Pollard, D. & Fairclough, D. 2010. Bodianus frenchii. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <>. Downloaded on 01 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Foxfish, Bodianus frenchii (Klunzinger, 1880)". Australian Museum. Retrieved 7 May 2013.