Blackspot Tuskfish, Choerodon schoenleinii (Valenciennes 1839)

Other Names: Black-spot Tuskfish, Black-spot Tusk-fish, Blue Tuskfish, Purple Groper, Tuskfish, Yellow-bellied Tusk-fish

A Blackspot Tuskfish, Choerodon schoenleinii, at Mary Anne Island, Shark Bay area, Western Australia. Source: Julie Shuttleworth / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A large bluish-green tuskfish with a small prominent black spot at the base of last dorsal-fin spine, and a bluish bar on each body scale forming rows of spots along the rear sides. Juveniles have a large white saddle behind the black spot.
Video of Blackspot Tuskfish

Video of Blackspot Tuskfish at Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, New South Wales, and on the Gold Coast Seaway, Queensland.

Blackspot Tuskfish at the South Wall, Gold Coast Seaway, Queensland.

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Blackspot Tuskfish, Choerodon schoenleinii (Valenciennes 1839)

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Widespread in northern Australia from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, to at least Julian Rocks, New South Wales. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical West Pacific.


Carnivore - feeds on hard-shelled prey including crustaceans, molluscs and sea urchins.


A monandric protogynous hermaphrodite.

Species Citation

Cossyphus schoenleinii Valenciennes, in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1839, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 13:143. Type locality: Celebes (= Sulawesi).


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Blackspot Tuskfish, Choerodon schoenleinii (Valenciennes 1839)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384010


Conservation:IUCN Near Threatened

Depth:10-60 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:100 cm TL

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