Choerodon venustus (De Vis, 1884)
Venus tuskfish
Choerodon venustus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Bodianinae
Max. size:  65 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Queensland to northern New South Wales.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 13-13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-7; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 10-10. Body pale without distinct dusky to dark markings, only a small dusky spot on each body scale and several dusky marks on head in freshly preserved specimens. Subopercle with 9 to 11 scales in an anteriorly tapering row. (Ref 9823)
Biology:  Inhabits outer reef slopes, in sand and rubble areas (Ref. 9710).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 April 2008 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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