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Baldchin Groper

Baldchin Groper
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Also known as:

Tuskfish

baldies

Common Group Name:

Tuskfishes

Family Name:

Labridae

Genus Name:

Choerodon

Species Name:

Choerodon rubescens


Dispatch Method:

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.


Fish Description:

  • 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.

Fish Distribution:

  • 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