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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Labridae
Singapore tuskfish
Choerodon oligacanthus
Family Labridae
updated Sep 2020

Where seen? This large fish was seen at Cyrene Reef. Elsewhere, they are usually seen in sand-rubble next to coastal reefs, usually in turbulent water with muddy substrates. It is also called the White-patch tuskfish.

Features: To 28cm. It has bluish stripes on the lower sides of its body and does NOT have a black spot on the middle of its dorsal fin. SeaLife Base describes it as: Recognized by the bright white patch that is highly visible in dirty water. 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.

Cyrene Reef, Oct 17
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Changi Carpark 7, May 21
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.
Human uses: It is sold fresh.

  • Marcus F. C. Ng. 31 Oct 2017. Singapore tuskfish at Cyrene Reef Singapore Biodiversity Records 2017: 147
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