Yellowmargin Triggerfish (Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus)

Also known as Green Triggerfish, Leatherjacket, Pineapple Trigger, Starry Triggerfish, White Trigger, Yellowface Triggerfish, Yellow-faced Triggerfish, Yellowmargin Trigger

Description

Also known as Green Triggerfish, Leatherjacket, Pineapple Trigger, Starry Triggerfish, White Trigger, Yellowface Triggerfish, Yellow-faced Triggerfish, Yellowmargin Trigger.

Found singly or in pairs over silty estuaries, lagoons and coastal reefs.
They feed on coral branches, crustaceans, molluscs, sea urchins and tunicates.
Juveniles found in small schools.
Length - 60cm
Depth - 2-50m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

The females guard their nest aggressively.

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!!! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/6027

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Yellowmargin Triggerfish. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Yellowmargin Triggerfish (Juvenile)

Yellowmargin Triggerfish (Juvenile)

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1 comment

  1. Posted by tony bradley
    February 16, 2015 at 23:10 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    We have one outside our water villa in the Maldives kuredu island it has charged and made contact once and if you sunbathe at edge of water on villa deck it will stick it's head out and stare

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