Animal Species:Pallid Triggerfish, Sufflamen bursa (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

The Pallid Triggerfish occurs in tropical marine waters of teh Indo-Pacific. It is grey-brown and white in colour.

Standard Common Name

Pallid Triggerfish

Alternative Name/s

Boomerang Triggerfish, Reef Triggerfish, Scimitar Triggerfish

Identification

The Pallid Triggerfish is grey-brown above and white below. There is a brown to yellow curved band through the rear of the eye and another above the pectoral fin. The rear edge of the pelvic flap is black.

Size range

The species grows to 24 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to northern 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 bursa

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Pallid Triggerfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
bursa
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, Pallid Triggerfish, Sufflamen bursa, Balistidae, grey, white, yellow, odd-shaped, 10 cm - 30 cm, stripes or bands, tropical, marine, adult,