Assasi Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus assasi)

Also known as Assasi Trigger, Arabian Picasso Triggerfish, Red Sea Picasso Triggerfish, Picasso Triggerfish, Picassofish, Arabian Picassofish, Lagoon Triggerfish, Reef Triggerfish.

Description

Also known as Arabian Picassofish, Arabian Picasso Triggerfish, Assasi Trigger, Huma Huma Trigger, Lagoon Triggerfish, Picassofish, Picasso Triggerfish, Red Sea Picasso Triggerfish, Reef Triggerfish, Lagoon Triggerfish.

Found singly or in small groups of shallow protected reefs, lagoons and harbours usually around rubble areas or small bommies.
Territorial and wary, always near shelter.
They feed on algae, live coral, crustaceans, fish, invertebrates, sea squirts, sea urchins.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 1-25m
Restricted to Red Sea to Arabian Gulf only

Picasso's dig their shelters under solid objects by swimming sand away. This is done by putting their mouth against a solid object and swim like crazy, thereby creating a current that takes the sand away and making a little nest area.

Picasso Triggerfish has recently been reinstated as the Hawaiian state fish.

Triggerfish have a hard spine Dorsal Fin that can be locked.
When sleeping this spine is used to wedge them into place in a crevasse and so deter predators from pulling them out of their bed!
The spine is also held erect as a warning to other fish to stay away.
Several large Titans blow shallow depressions in the sand for nesting and if approached will raise this spine as a warning, if ignored they may charge, even divers! especially the Titan Triggerfish who will take a tasty bite!! Beware!!!

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