Blue-lined Tuskfish

(Choerodon anchoago)

Choerodon anchorago, commonly known as the blackspot tuskfish or blue-lined tuskfish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key characteristics and information about Choerodon anchorago:

  1. Appearance: The blackspot tuskfish has a robust and elongated body with a blunt head and a prominent pair of canine teeth protruding from the lower jaw, which are characteristic of tuskfishes. Its coloration is variable but typically includes shades of brown, gray, or green with blue lines or markings on its head and body. Juveniles and females may display more vibrant blue markings.
  2. Size: It can grow to a maximum length of about 50 cm (20 inches), although most individuals are smaller.
  3. Distribution: This species is found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea, East Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, and throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Pacific islands.
  4. Habitat: Blackspot tuskfishes inhabit coral reefs, rocky areas, and seagrass beds with plenty of hiding spots and crevices. They are commonly found in shallow waters up to about 30 meters (100 feet) deep, often near reef slopes or drop-offs.