Eyebrow Tuskfish, Choerodon zamboangae (Seale & Bean 1907)

Other Names: Purple Eyebrowed Tuskfish, Zamboanga Tuskfish

A terminal phase (male) Eyebrow Tuskfish, Choerodon zamboangae, at Mabini, Luzon, Philippines, 2016. Source: Jim Greenfield / Fishbase. License: All rights reserved

Body with a dark back, a pale lower half, and a red to reddish-brown wedge-shaped mark on the upper rear of the body. Eyebrow Tuskfish are usually caught on lines fishing deeper waters and are rarely seen by divers.
Specimens from off northwestern Australia (off Browse Island, North West Shelf, WA, & SE of "Tassie Shoal", Arafura Sea, NT) that had been identified as Choerodon robustus are large individuals of C. zamboangae (Gomon 2017).

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Choerodon zamboangae in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1930

Eyebrow Tuskfish, Choerodon zamboangae (Seale & Bean 1907)

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Northwest of Karratha, Western Australia, to the Arafura Sea south of Evans Shoal, Northern Territory. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific. Inhabits deep outer reefs, and adjacent sand/rubble flats and weedy areas.


The species is named zamboangae for the type locality, Zamboanga in the Philippines.

Species Citation

Choerops zamboangae Seale & Bean 1907, Proc. U. S. Natl Mus. 33(1568): 236, fig. 6. Type locality: Zamboanga, Philippines. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Eyebrow Tuskfish, Choerodon zamboangae (Seale & Bean 1907)


Cabanban, A., Pollard, D., Choat, J.H. & Russell, B. 2010. Choerodon zamboangae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187419A8530888. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T187419A8530888.en. Downloaded on 03 September 2017.

Gomon, M.F. 2017. A review of the tuskfishes, genus Choerodon (Labridae, Perciformes), with descriptions of three new species. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 76: 1-111 DOI: http://doi.org/10.24199/j.mmv.2017.76.01 Open access

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CAAB Code:37384011


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:20-140 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:45 cm TL

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