Animal Species:Bridled Triggerfish, Sufflamen fraenatum (Latreille, 1804)
The Bridled Triggerfish is found mainly in tropical marine waters, and can be identified by the yellow bar on the lower lip.
Standard Common Name
Brown Triggerfish, Golden Triggerfish, Masked Triggerfish
The Bridled Triggerfish is brown with a yellow bar on the lower lip. Males have a yellow diagonal stripe from the mouth to the pectoral fin base.
The species grows to 38 cm in length.
In Australia it is found from central to north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef 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
It occurs in tropical marine (and some temperate) waters of the Indo-Pacific.
- 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