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Harlequin Tuskfish

(Choerodon fasciatus)

Overview

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 has been found as deep as 105 feet.

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

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.

Quick Facts

Learn more about the harlequin tuskfish! Did you know that this fish is named for its multicolored body and its protruding, tusk-like teeth?

The harlequin tuskfish can be found in the western Pacific region, from Taiwan to western Australia and New Caledonia.

The harlequin tuskfish is carnivorous and primarily feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, worms and echinoderms.

This fish reaches up to 12 inches in length.

This species is not threatened.

Larger fish, moray eels and sharks prey on the harlequin tuskfish.

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