Darkspot Tuskfish, Choerodon monostigma (Ogilby 1910)

Other Names: Dark-spot Tuskfish, One-spot Tusk-fish

A terminal phase (male) Darkspot Tuskfish, Choerodon monostigma, from Port Musgrave, Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, CSIRO CA 2170, 146 mm SL. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: All rights reserved

A pale greyish, pinkish or mottled brown tuskfish, whitish below, with blue lines on the snout and around the eye, a prominent ocellated black spot on the middle of the dorsal fin, and often indistinct broad dusky bands on upper sides.

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Darkspot Tuskfish, Choerodon monostigma (Ogilby 1910)

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Found in Australia from north of Port Hedland, WA, to Port Curtis, QLD. The species occurs elsewhere in West Papua, Indonesia.


Taken as bycatch in trawl fisheries in northern Australia.

Species Citation

Choerodon monostigma Ogilby, 1910, Endeavour Series 1 23: 102. Type locality: Cape Gloucester, QLD


Dianne J. Bray

Darkspot Tuskfish, Choerodon monostigma (Ogilby 1910)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384008

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:10-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy/weedy areas

Max Size:25 cm TL

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