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Black-spot tuskfish
Choerodon schoenleinii
Family Labridae
updated Sep 2020

Where seen? This large fish is sometimes seen near reefy shores. Usually 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

Sentosa, Jul 05
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 its distribution.

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 display.

Black-spot tuskfishes on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi Carpark 7, Jun 23
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Pulau Semakau, Sep 23
Photo shared by Che Cheng Neo on facebook.

Terumbu Semakau, Aug 17
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Kuiter, Rudie H. 2002. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers & Fishermen New Holland Publishers. 434pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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