Choerodon rubescens, Rottnest Is, WA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Heavy grey body, small eye, rounded head with distinctly white lower jaw/chin, white pectoral fin base and protruding teeth. Variable background colour, which ranges from greenish brown to pinkish gray Large males develop hump on head. Solitary but inquisitive, found in all shallow habitats, but juveniles more in macroalgal reef and seagrass.
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney