Animal Species:Harlequin Tuskfish, Choerodon fasciatus (Günther, 1867)
The Harlequin Tuskfish can be easily recognised by its striking colouration. The species is found on coral reefs of the Western Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Adults have eight blue-edged orange bands, three of which are on the head. The rear of the body darkens with age. The teeth are blue. Juveniles have brown banding on the body and ocelli in the dorsal and anal fins.
The species grows to 30 cm in length.
It occurs in the Western Pacific. In Australia it is known from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to northern New South Wales.
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.
Distribution by collection data
The species lives on coral reefs.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Harlequin Tuskfish, Choerodon fasciatus, Labridae, orange, yellow, white, blue, black, red, 'normal fish', 10 cm - 30 cm, stripes or bands, coral reef, marine, adult, wrasse,