seen? This large fish is sometimes seen near reefy
found alone in sandy areas and those with seaweeds.
Features: To about 90cm and can
weigh 9kgs! Those seen about 20cm long. It has a black spot
at the middle of the dorsal fin base. Juveniles have a large white
saddle spot after the black spot. Body scales each with a blue centre
forming a horizontal row of spots along the side of the body.
Beting Bronok, Jun 10
|What does it eat? It rests on
the bottom during the day and forages at night, often by overturning
large stones. It is a solitary hunter, eating hard-shelled prey such
as crabs, snails and sea urchins.
Human uses: It heavily fished for for the live seafood
trade. It is also highly sought after by recreational fishermen throughout
Status and threats: The Black-spot
tuskfish is currently being considered for listing on the IUCN Red
List of internationally threatened fishes.
*Species are difficult
to positively identify without closer examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
tuskfishes on Singapore shores
|Other sightings on Singapore shores
Terumbu Semakau, Aug 17
Photo shared by
Jonathan Tan on facebook.