- The Blackspot Tuskfish is a species of marine fish found along the eastern and western coasts of Australia, particularly around the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef.
- The fish is primarily green-blue and has a black spot on the upper part of its body, from which it gets its name. It also has sharp, canine-like teeth that are used for hunting and feeding.
- They are carnivores and primarily feed on invertebrates, including crustaceans, molluscs, and echinoderms. Their strong jaws and sharp teeth allow them to crush hard-shelled prey.
- Blackspot Tuskfish are solitary creatures, usually found alone or in pairs. They are territorial and can exhibit aggressive behavior, particularly towards other tuskfish.
- Blackspot Tuskfish have distinct breeding seasons, generally during the warmer months of the year, around November to March. They lay their eggs in open water, where they float freely until hatching. Interestingly, this species exhibits a behaviour known as protogynous hermaphroditism, where individuals start their life as females and later change to males.
- During the night, Blackspot Tuskfish often dig themselves into the sandy seafloor or hide in the reef to sleep and avoid predators.
- They are a long lived species with a estimated lifespan up to 30 years.
Recreational Fishing, Snorkeling & Diving
The Blackspot Tuskfish is a popular target for recreational anglers due to its size, fighting ability, and the quality of its flesh. They are also popular with divers and snorkelers, especially given their vibrant colours and intriguing behaviour. They are known to use their strong jaws to flip over rocks and break open shellfish, showcasing their hunting skills.
Species: Choerodon Schoenleinii
The Blackspot Tuskfish is listed as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List, meaning it’s not currently considered at risk of extinction.
Fish Taste Quality
Blackspot Tuskfish are a great eating fish and are considered a delicacy. Their flesh is white, firm, and has a mild, sweet flavour that is well-suited to a variety of cooking methods.
Taste Rating: 4/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig
Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Weed, Yabbies, Soft plastics
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon