Anchor Tuskfish (Choerodon anchorago)

Also known as Tuskfish, Orange-dotted Tuskfish, Whitebelly Tuskfish, Yellowcheek Tuskfish, Yellow-cheeked Tuskfish

Description

Also known as Tuskfish, Orange-dotted Tuskfish, Whitebelly Tuskfish, Yellowcheek Tuskfish and Yellow-cheeked Tuskfish.

Found singly or in small groups over seagrass beds, mixed sand, coral and rubble areas of shallow reef flats and lagoons.
They feed on hard shell crustaceans, mollusks and sea urchins.
Length - 38cm
Depth - 1-25m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Most reef fish seen by divers during the day are grazers, that cruise around just above the surface of the coral or snoop into crevices looking for algae, worms and small crustaceans.
Wrasses have small protruding teeth and graze the bottom taking in a variety of snails, worms, crabs, shrimps and eggs. Any hard coats or thick shells are then ground down by their pharyngeal jaws and the delicacies inside digested.
From juvenile to adult wrasses dramatically alter their colour and body shapes.
Wrasses are always on the go during the day, but are the first to go to bed and the last to rise.
Small wrasses dive below the sand to sleep and larger wrasses wedge themselves in crevasses.

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