Choerodon robustus (Günther, 1862)
Robust tuskfish
photo by Koch, R.J.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Bodianinae
Max. size:  35 cm TL (male/unsexed); 25 cm TL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 40 - 70 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and Persian Gulf south to Mozambique and Mauritius; also Indonesia and southern Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 10-10. Description: Head and dorsal body dark brown, ventrally and posteriorly light brown or tan, diagonal band yellow in males and white in females from pectoral fin base to caudal peduncle separating the light and dark areas. Body depth 2.4-2.6 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Usually solitary (Ref. 5213). Found on deeper coral and rocky reefs. Feeds mainly on hard-shelled prey including crustaceans, mollusks and sea urchins (Ref. 5374).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 April 2008 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 19.01.93
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 12.09.01

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