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  Harlequin Tuskfish (Choerodon fasciatus)





Harlequin Tuskfish | Choerodon fasciatus photo
Choerodon fasciatus, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia

Image by Leonard Low - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



HARLEQUIN TUSKFISH FACTS

Description
The Harlequin Tuskfish is a striking fish with eight orange or reddish bands with blue edges alternating with white or bluish bands. There are three bands on the head and five on the body. The back of the body darkens with age, with the orange bands turning dark. It has blue teeth. Juveniles have brown bands and eye shaped markings on the dorsal and anal fins.

Size
length to 30cm

Habitat
seaward reefs

Food
mollusks, crustaceans, various worms, and echinoderms

Range
The Harlequin Tuskfish occurs on coral reefs of the Western Pacific. In Australia it is found on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to northern New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Labridae
Genus:Choerodon
Species:fasciatus
Common Name:Harlequin Tuskfish