Triggerfish

Triggerfish

 

Triggerfish have a classic diamond shaped body. They are quite territorial fish, and have a retractable fin that is used as a warning to other fish that are in their area. When they are threatened, they find the closest hole in the coral, and wedge themselves in the space and using their retractable fin to prevent them being pulled out.  Triggerfish like to eat crabs and other creatures hiding under rocks.  In order to get to their food Triggerfish can shoot out a jet of water to flip over the rocks!!

Picasso Triggerfish © WiseOceans

Picasso Triggerfish © WiseOceans

Picasso Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus)

Picasso triggerfish can be distinguished by their colourful markings. They have a black patch in the centre of their body with black bands towards the anal fin. There is a yellow band extending from the mouth to cheek. Picasso triggerfish are usually seen by themselves or in small groups. (up to 30cm)

Orange striped Triggerfish © Anon

Orange striped Triggerfish © Anon

Orange Striped Triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus)

Orange striped triggerfish are a dark blue to green/brown fish with orange curved diagonal bands and a dark spot on tail. They are more often seen close to the reef feeding on coral, algae and small crustaceans. (up to 30cm)

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