Animal Species:Eye-stripe Triggerfish, Sufflamen chrysopterum (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Eye-stripe Triggerfish is a tropical Indo-West Pacific species that has a yellowish stripe through the eye.
Standard Common Name
Black Triggerfish, Blue-throated Triggerfish, Flagtail Triggerfish, Yellowstreak Triggerfish, Half-moon Triggerfish
The Eye-stripe Triggerfish is brown with a green to yellow stripe from the eye to the pectoral fin base. The tail is yellow-brown with distinct white margins. The lower part of the head is often purplish-blue.
Juveniles are yellowish above, white below and black laterally. They have a yellow patch on the tail.
This species grows to 22cm in length.
It occurs widely in the tropical Indo-West Pacific.
In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north and south to southern 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.
Distribution by collection data
It is usually seen in sheltered reef areas.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- 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.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- 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