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Choerodon oligacanthus  (Bleeker, 1851)

White-patch tuskfish
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Labridae (Wrasses) > Bodianinae
Etymology: Choerodon: Greek, choiros = a pig + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 15 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical; 20°N - 20°S, 95°E - 170°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Western Central Pacific: Pulu Weh; Singapore; Bintang; Banka; Borneo (Balikpapan, Sandakan); Sulu Islands; Celebes (Makassar, Badjoa), Malacca, Philippines, New Caledonia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 28.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 572)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

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     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Westneat, Mark | Collaborators

De Beaufort, L.F., 1940. The fishes of the Indo-Australian archipelago. VIII. Percomorphi (continued). Cirrhitoidea, Labriformes, Pomacentriformes. E.J. Brill, Leiden. v.8:1-508. (Ref. 572)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01259 (0.00590 - 0.02687), b=3.05 (2.86 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .