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Longnose hawkfish

Longnose hawkfish

Sea goldie

Sea goldie

Clown anemonefish

Clown anemonefish

Yellowtail clownfish

Yellowtail clownfish

Spinecheek anemonefish

Spinecheek anemonefish

Orangeback angelfish

Orangeback angelfish

Square anthias

Square anthias

Bicolor angelfish

Bicolor angelfish

Lemonpeel angelfish

Lemonpeel angelfish

Sea goldie

Sea goldie

Longnose butterflyfish

Longnose butterflyfish

Yellow tang

Yellow tang

Green moray

Green moray

Orangespot surgeonfish

Orangespot surgeonfish

Foxface

Foxface

Goldspotted angelfish

Goldspotted angelfish

Yellowbanded sweetlips

Yellowbanded sweetlips

Spotbreast angelfish

Spotbreast angelfish

Gold-saddle rabbitfish

Gold-saddle rabbitfish

Blackwedged butterflyfish

Blackwedged butterflyfish

Doublesaddle butterflyfish

Doublesaddle butterflyfish

Threadfin butterflyfish

Threadfin butterflyfish

Regal angelfish

Regal angelfish

Mandarinfish

Mandarinfish

Bluegirdled angelfish

Bluegirdled angelfish

Twospined angelfish

Twospined angelfish

Royal gramma

Royal gramma

Red-eye wrasse

Red-eye wrasse

Sixline wrasse

Sixline wrasse

Orangespot surgeonfish

Orangespot surgeonfish

Pastelgreen wrasse

Pastelgreen wrasse

False leopard

False leopard

Elongate surgeonfish

Elongate surgeonfish

Green chromis

Green chromis

Yellowtail tang

Yellowtail tang

Elegant unicornfish

Elegant unicornfish

Palette surgeonfish

Palette surgeonfish

Blue chromis

Blue chromis

Azure damselfish

Azure damselfish

Powderblue surgeonfish

Powderblue surgeonfish

Spotted unicornfish

Spotted unicornfish

Sapphire devil

Sapphire devil

Sapphire devil

Sapphire devil

Blue tang surgeonfish

Blue tang surgeonfish

Blackstriped angelfish

Blackstriped angelfish

Ornate angelfish

Ornate angelfish

Emperor angelfish

Emperor angelfish

Longspined porcupinefish

Longspined porcupinefish

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Brownbanded bambooshark

Brownbanded bambooshark

Clown triggerfish

Clown triggerfish

Japan surgeonfish

Japan surgeonfish

Whitecheek surgeon

Whitecheek surgeon

Achilles tang

Achilles tang

Tomini surgeon

Tomini surgeon

Redtail butterflyfish

Redtail butterflyfish

Striated surgeon

Striated surgeon

Southern stingray

Southern stingray

Twotone tang

Twotone tang

Sohal surgeonfish

Sohal surgeonfish

Sleek unicornfish

Sleek unicornfish

Spotted surgeonfish

Spotted surgeonfish

Spotted wrasse

Spotted wrasse

Bangaii cardinalfish

Bangaii cardinalfish

Spotted drum

Spotted drum

Whitetail dascyllus

Whitetail dascyllus

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Crab-eye goby

Crab-eye goby

Indian sailfin tang

Indian sailfin tang

Spotbreast angelfish

Spotbreast angelfish

Matted Filefish

Matted Filefish

Blackbar triggerfish

Blackbar triggerfish

Ornate angelfish

Ornate angelfish

Blueband goby

Blueband goby

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Threadfin cardialfish

Threadfin cardialfish

Clown triggerfish

Clown triggerfish

Facts

LatinBalistoides conspicillum
Size50 cm
FoodCrabs, urchins, mussels and snails
HabitatCoral reefs
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationThe Indian Ocean and western Pacific
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Pattern like no other

The clown triggerfish has several patterns on it that makes it easy to see. We are not sure why it has these colours, but it may be in order to be able to find its own kind among the many inhabitants of the coral reef.

Safe night’s sleep

Clown triggerfish can protect themselves against enemies when they sleep at night. They lie in a crack on the reef and straighten their dorsal fin so that they are wedged between two rocks.

Hard diet

Clown triggerfish have a small mouth with sharp teeth and a powerful bite. They live on animals with hard shells and can easily bite through sea urchins, crustaceans, hard corals and snail shells.

Backstroke

When clown triggerfish swim away, they use their dorsal and anal fins. This makes it easy for them to navigate on the reef. If they need to flee, they strike powerful blows with their tail fin to get away.

Popular aquarium fish

Since clown triggerfish have so many patterns and are easy to recognise, they are very popular among people with aquariums.