Starry Triggerfish (Juvenile) (Abalistes stellaris)

Also known as Leatherjackets, Star Triggerfish, Flat-tailed Triggerfish

Description

Also known as Leatherjackets, Star Triggerfish and Flat-tailed Triggerfish.

Found singly or in pairs over sand and mud bottoms close to reefs.
The females guard their nest aggressively.
They feed on a wide range of food items, including live coral, algae, sea urchins, crabs, molluscs and other invertebrate groups as well as fish and sea squirts.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 40-100m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

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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