Beware of the sharp teeth of baldchin groper when handling them. Their eating qualities can be maximised by killing them humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- This species can be identified from other tuskfishes by the white patch on its pectoral (side) fin and white chin.
- They are slow-growing fish and take five to seven years to reach 40 cm in length.
- Only known to occur on coral and rocky reef areas of Western Australia from between Coral Bay and Cape Naturaliste.
- They are most abundant at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, 60 km west of Geraldton.
Fish Size Common Length:
30-50 cm, maximum length around 90 cm and 7 kg weight