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  Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum)





Clown Triggerfish | Balistoides conspicillum photo
Clown Triggerfish at Underwater World, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

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Clown Triggerfish | Balistoides conspicillum photo
Clown Triggerfish at Underwater World, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Clown Triggerfish | Balistoides conspicillum photo
Clown Triggerfish at Underwater World, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



CLOWN TRIGGERFISH FACTS

Description
The Clown Triggerfish is dark with large white spots over the lower half of the body. The mouth area is yellow. The tail has white band and black edge. Juveniles have white spots over most of the body

Size
to 35cm

Habitat
often seen along outer reef walls. The juveniles keep well hidden in caves and crevices.

Food
sea urchins, crabs and other crustaceans, molluscs

Range
The Clown Triggerfish is found on coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific oceans. In Australia it is found along reefs off north-western Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef to northern New South Wales.

Notes
The Clown Triggerfish is a sought after aquarium fish, but needs a large aquarium. It should not be kept with smaller fish as it can be aggressive and prey on smaller fish and invertebrates in the tank. They sometimes become tame enough to hand feed, but watch out for their sharp teeth.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Tetraodontiformes
Family:Balistidae
Genus:Balistoides
Species:conspicillum
Common Name:Clown Triggerfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Titan Triggerfish (B. viridescens)