Dagger Tuskfish

Choerodon Jordani
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Choerodon Jordani
Other names Jordan's Tuskfish, Jordan's Wrasse
Size Up to 17 cm (6.69 in)
Weight Under 200 grams


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters amongst sandy & rubble areas next to reefs
Depth Range 5 - 30 m (98 ft)
Dagger Tuskfish Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Dagger Tuskfish is widespread in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean, ranging from Western Australia across the Northern Territory and down through Queensland.
  • They have a rounded head and a slender grey body with a wide lateral stripe that gradually changes from yellow at the front to black at the rear. There is a prominent large pale oval patch situated below the rear of the dorsal fin base.
  • They are primarily carnivorous, feeding on small invertebrates such as crustaceans, molluscs, and small fish.
  • Dagger Tuskfish are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day and rest at night.
  • Dagger Tuskfish are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning they can change sex from female to male during their lifespan.
  • Spawning typically occurs around the full moon, with the release of eggs and sperm into the water column. After fertilisation, the eggs hatch into larvae, which then settle on the reef and undergo metamorphosis into juvenile wrasses.
  • Their estimated lifespan is up to 10 years.
Species Interaction

Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving

Dagger Tuskfish are a popular aquarium fish known for their bright colours and active swimming. These same traits make them a very popular fish to observe in the wild for snorkelers and divers.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Genus: Choerodon

Species: Choerodon Jordani

Conservation Status

The Dagger Tuskfish is not listed on the IUCN Red List, meaning it’s not currently threatened or considered at risk of extinction.

Dagger Tuskfish
As Aquarium Fish

Care Level: Moderate to difficult

Temperament: Aggressive

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Easy

Temperament: Aggressive

Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon

Danger: None

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