Animal Species:Yellowspotted Triggerfish, Pseudobalistes fuscus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
The Yellowspotted Triggerfishis blue to greyish with small yellow to orange spots. The species is found from the Eastern Indian Ocean to the Central Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Blue-lined Trigger, Rippled Triggerfish
The Yellowspotted Triggerfish has a deep groove in front of the eyes and shallow horizontal grooves on the cheeks. The caudal fins of adult fish have pointed lobes. The fish is blue to greyish with small yellow to orange spots. The margins of the second dorsal, caudal and anal fins are light blue.
The species grows to about 55 cm in length.
The species is found from the Eastern Indian Ocean to the Central Pacific. In Australia, it is known from north-western Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland 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 occurs on coral reefs and tropical inshore waters.
- 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.
- Matsuura,K. 2001 Balistidae. Triggerfishes. in Carpenter, K.E. & V.H. Niem (Eds). FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 6. Bony Fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles, sea turtles, sea snakes and marine mammals. FAO, Rome. Pp. iii-v, 3381-4218.
- 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