Animal Species:Two-spot Bristletooth, Ctenochaetus binotatus (Randall, 1955)

The Two-spot Bristletooth is orange-brown with fine blue lines. It has blue eyes, blue spots on the head and thorax and a black spot at the rear base of the dorsal and anal fins. The species has comb-like teeth with up to 42 teeth in the upper jaw and 45 teeth in the lower jaw (view teeth of C.striatus). It has a single caudal peduncle spine that can be retracted into a groove.

A Two-spot Bristletooth at 'Lighthouse'

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Two-spot Bristletooth

Identification

The Two-spot Bristletooth is orange-brown with fine blue lines. It has blue eyes, blue spots on the head and thorax and a black spot at the rear base of the dorsal and anal fins.

The species has comb-like teeth with up to 42 teeth in the upper jaw and 45 teeth in the lower jaw. It has a single caudal peduncle spine that can be retracted into a groove.

Size range

The Two-spot Bristletooth grows to 22 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.

In Australia it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Australia and from the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Juveniles are sometimes carried as far south as the central coast of New South Wales by the Eastern Australian Current.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Ctenochaetus binotatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Two-spot Bristletooth specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Classification

Species:
binotatus
Genus:
Ctenochaetus
Family:
Acanthuridae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  • Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  • Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  • Kuiter, R.H & H. Debelius. 2001. Surgeonfishes, Rabbitfishes and their relatives. A Comprehensive Guide to Acanthuroidei. TMC Publishing. Pp. 208.
  • Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


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