Clown triggerfish

Balistoides conspicillum
  • Class:
    Ray-finned fishes (Lat. Actinopterygii)
  • Order:
    Puffers and filefishes (Lat. Tetraodontiformes)
  • Family:
    Triggerfishes (Lat. Balistidae)
  • Maximum size:
    50 cm TL
  • Habitat:
    Reef-associated; marine; brackish; depth range 1–75 m.
  • Climate:
    Tropical; 43˚N–32˚S
  • Distribution:
    Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to Durban, South Africa and east through Indonesia to Samoa, north to southern Japan and south to New Caledonia.
  • Biology:
    Lives in clear coastal to outer reef habitats. Occurs in clear seaward reefs adjacent to steep drop-offs. Feed on sea urchins, crabs and other crustaceans, mollusks, and tunicates.