Choerodon vitta

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Choerodon vitta
Choerodon vitta, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Choerodon vitta
Choerodon vitta, juvenile, Gulf of Carpentaria, Qld, Photo: Andrew Green
Choerodon vitta
Choerodon vitta, juvenile, WA, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Choerodon vitta
Choerodon vitta
Choerodon vitta


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Grey body with, dark diffuse lateral stripe, black spot on tail base. Small tuskfish with a more elongate body and pointed snout than other Choerodon species, co-occurs with similar looking Pentapodus species (Whiptails).


Max Size: 20 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.5-31.5°C

Depth: 10-40 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.64

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (5.6% of sites)

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 (3 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields