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
Boomerang Triggerfish, Reef Triggerfish, Scimitar Triggerfish
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.
The species grows to 24 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
- 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