Choerodon oligacanthus (Bleeker, 1851)
White-patch tuskfish
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Bodianinae
Max. size:  28.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 15 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Pulu Weh; Singapore; Bintang; Banka; Borneo (Balikpapan, Sandakan); Sulu Islands; Celebes (Makassar, Badjoa), Malacca, Philippines, New Caledonia.
Diagnosis:  Recognized by the bright white patch that is highly visible in dirty water (Ref. 48636). Colour orange with light grey longitudinal stripes, a large bright yellow oval spot on side above lateral line and below anterior half of dorsal fin. Subopercle with 6 to 10 scales, scales extending anteriorly at least to below midpoint on ventral preopercular edge. Pectoral fins with ii unbranched and 13 to 15 (rarely 15) branched rays. (Ref 9823)
Biology:  Adults inhabit coral reef areas (Ref. 27550) in shallow inshore to deep water (Ref. 48636). Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Usually marketed fresh (Ref. 27550).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 April 2008 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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