Harlequin Tuskfish

Harlequin Tuskfish

Choerodon fasciatus

The stunning Harlequin Tuskfish usually has eight pairs of alternating orange, blue, and white bands on its body and prominent sharp, blue teeth. This species inhabits coral reefs and have been found as deep as 105 feet.

The Harlequin Tuskfish is a solitary animal, but it can be aggressive and territorial at times.

Did You Know?

This fish is named for its multicolored body and its protruding, tusk-like teeth.


The Harlequin Tuskfish is carnivorous and primarily feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, worms, and echinoderms.


This fish reaches up to 12 inches in length.


The Harlequin Tuskfish can be found in the Western Pacific region from Taiwan to Western Australia and New Caledonia.

Population Status

This species is not threatened.


Larger fish, moray eels and sharks.

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A Note From the Caretaker

These fish are solitary and each has staked out his or her own territory in the exhibit. They are generally very peaceful and leave other fish alone. When they are juveniles, they have false eye-spots on their fins, but all of ours are adults and have lost their spots.

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