Choerodon anchorago (Bloch, 1791)
Orange-dotted tuskfish
photo by Cook, D.C.

 Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Bodianinae
 Max. size:  50 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 1 - 25 m
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Sri Lanka eastward to French Polynesia, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-7; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-9. A pair of greatly enlarged canine teeth present in front of jaws. Undergoes very little change in color with growth. Adults can be recognized by the white underside of the belly and head. Juveniles are greenish when in seagrass (Ref. 48636).
 Biology:  Adults inhabit reef flats and lagoon reefs, in areas with seagrass or mixed sand, rubble, and coral (Ref. 9710). They often form small aggregations (Ref. 8631). Juveniles occur inshore and usually form small groups in estuarine seagrass beds. Adults can be found in inner as well as outer reefs and are territorial (Ref. 48636). Feed mainly on hard-shelled prey including crustaceans, mollusks and sea urchins. Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). In Hong Kong live fish markets (Ref. 27253).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 26.05.92
 Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 03.05.13
 Checked by: Westneat, Mark - 03.10.95

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