Indian triggerfish

Melichthys indicus
  • Class:
    Ray-finned fishes (Lat. Actinopterygii)
  • Order:
    Puffers and filefishes (Lat. Tetraodontiformes)
  • Family:
    Triggerfishes (Lat. Balistidae)
  • Maximum size:
    25 cm TL
  • Habitat:
    Reef-associated; marine; depth range 1–30 m.
  • Climate:
  • Distribution:
    Indian Ocean: Red Sea and East Africa eastward to western Thailand and Sumatra, Indonesia.
  • Biology:
    Inhabits coral-rich seaward reef slopes. Occurs singly. Digs holes below coral bases for shelter. Feeds on sponges, algae, crustaceans and small invertebrates. Caught with artisanal gear.