Orange-dotted tuskfish

Characteristics

  • Usually occurs singly. Juveniles may form small schools.
  • Feeds on hard invertebrates, such as crustaceans, mollusks and sea urchins.
  • In Palau, this species was reported to dig out bivalves by fanning the sand with its pectoral fins and then crushing them with rocks or corals.
  • In Japan, early stage juveniles are reported to feed on copepods on brown algae. When juveniles grow larger, they feed on a larger variety of animals, such as isopods, mollusks and decapods.
  • This species is suggested to exhibit protogynous (female to male) sex change.

Description

Adult:

  • Head and body grey. Ventrally white.
  • A white to yellow bar behind pectoral fins.
  • A white saddle on upper caudal peduncle.
  • Caudal and anal fins yellow.

Juvenile:

  • Body greenish brown with white markings.

Common Name: Orange-dotted tuskfish

Family Common Name: Wrasses

Family: Labridae

Scientific Name: Choerodon anchorago___(Bloch, 1791)

Maximum Length: 50 cm (Total Length)