Animal Species:Bridled Triggerfish, Sufflamen fraenatum (Latreille, 1804)

The Bridled Triggerfish is found mainly in tropical marine waters, and can be identified by the yellow bar on the lower lip.

Male Bridled Triggerfish at Sea World

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Standard Common Name

Bridled Triggerfish

Alternative Name/s

Brown Triggerfish, Golden Triggerfish, Masked Triggerfish

Identification

The Bridled Triggerfish is brown with a yellow bar on the lower lip. Males have a yellow diagonal stripe from the mouth to the pectoral fin base.

Size range

The species grows to 38 cm in length.

Distribution

In Australia it is found from central to north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef to the central coast of New South Wales.

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.

Sufflamen fraenatum

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Bridled Triggerfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It occurs in tropical marine (and some temperate) waters of the Indo-Pacific.

Classification

Species:
fraenatum
Genus:
Sufflamen
Family:
Balistidae
Order:
Tetraodontiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Bridled Triggerfish, Sufflamen fraenatum, Balistidae, pink, yellow, blue, grey, deep-bodied, 30 cm - 1 m, countershaded, tropical waters, temperate, marine, adult,