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Common Name(s): Blackspot Tuskfish
Scientific Name: Choerodon Schoenleinii
Local Name(s): [Md]青英哥(Qing1 Ying1 Ge1), [Md]青衣(Qing1 Yi1), [Hk]Chngee Eng Ko, [My]Bechok
Precaution: Harmless
Edible: Yes
CNR Time: 1 min

This is the most sought after tuskfish for its excellent meat quality and thrills, more often referred to as 'parrotfish' although it is really a tuskfish. They can be typically found in rocky areas - deep or shallow waters. They favour reef habitat more where they feed on crustaceans such as shrimps and crabs. They also have a habit of grazing on corals. Larger Blackspot Tuskfish (>1kg) are usually found deeper waters with rocky seabed.

Crabs and mantis shrimps are known to be very effective bait when specifically targeting for Blackspot Tuskfish. However, prawns work pretty good as well. The Blackspot Tuskfish are strong fighters, especially on the first run upon a hit. The first burst is usually strong and fast and often charges itself into towards rocks, lodging themselves in between. Waiting a while usually does the trick provided that the line doesn't give way to abrasion from rocks.

Young Blackspot Tuskfish can normally be found in shallow waters and are more brightly coloured. Full adults have their body colour fading mostly to a pale green and can grow up to several kgs. They may be found solitary or in small groups.

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Reference: Fishbase, Fishspecies, RMBR


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