- The Harlequin Tuskfish is a species of marine fish that is found on the east coast of Australia along Queensland.
- This fish has a distinct and vibrant colouration, usually sporting a pattern of blue, orange, and white vertical stripes or bands. Their “tusks” or elongated canine teeth, visible even when their mouths are closed, are a significant characteristic.
- Harlequin Tuskfish are carnivorous and eat a diet primarily composed of benthic invertebrates including molluscs, crustaceans, and sea urchins.
- Unlike many other fish species, Harlequin Tuskfish do not exhibit clear external sexual dimorphism, meaning males and females look similar to one another.
- Harlequin Tuskfish are diurnal creatures, meaning they are active during the day and rest during the night.
- They are gonochoristic, meaning they are born one sex and do not change. They mate during warmer months and spawn pelagic eggs, typically in the summer season in Australian waters.
- Estimated lifespan is up to 10 years.
Recreational Fishing, Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving
Harlequin Tuskfish are occasionally targeted in recreational fishing due to their impressive appearance, though they are not considered a primary target species. They are popular aquarium fish due to their vibrant coloration and distinctive appearance. However, their care is considered moderately difficult due to their specific dietary and habitat needs. They are a popular fish amongst divers and snorkelers because of their colours.
Species: Choerodon Fasciatus
Harlequin Tuskfish are not listed as threatened or endangered in Australia. They are relatively common within their range.
Fish Taste Quality
Harlequin Tuskfish are not a highly targeted species to eat due to their small size. Its reported that they have a delicate, sweet flavour similar to other reef fish.
Taste Rating: 2/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig
Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Worms, Yabbies
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate to difficult
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon