The Lined Bristletooth is brown with fine blue lines on the body, dorsal and anal fins. There are orange-yellow dots surrounding the eye and on the nape.
The Lined Bristletooth is brown with fine blue lines on the body, dorsal and anal fins . There are orange-yellow dots surrounding the eye and on the nape. The genus name Ctenochaetus comes from the Greek words cteno (comb) and chaeto (hair or bristles) and refers to the teeth.
It occurs in marine tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Australia and from the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
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- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
- Randall, J.E. 2001. Surgeonfishes of Hawai'I and the World. Mutual. Pp. 123.