Animal Species:Wedgetail Triggerfish, Rhinecanthus rectangulus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
The Wedgetail Triggerfish can be recognised by its colouration. It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Black-banded Triggerfish, Reef Triggerfish and White-barred Triggerfish
The Wedgetail Triggerfish can be recognised by its colouration. It has a diagonal black band from the eye to the anal fin. There is a black wedge-shaped mark on the caudal peduncle. This is preceded by two yellow v-shaped marks (white in juveniles). There are black bands between the eyes and a blue bar across the upper lip.
The species grows to 25 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central to north-western coasts of Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland south 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.
Distribution by collection data
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- 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