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  Orange-lined Triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus)





Orange-lined Triggerfish | Balistapus undulatus photo
Orange-lined Triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus en fr ). The black and white coloured fishes are Humbug Damselfish (Dascyllus aruanus en fr ). The Blue-green Chromis (Chromis viridis en fr ) often hides in large groups in the coral. On the left of the Triggerfish is a Yellow Moon Wrasse (Thalassoma lutescens en fr ).

Image by Jan Derk - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



FISH FACTS

Description
The Orange-lined Triggerfish dark green, brown or grey with orange or yellow diagonal lines on the body and back of the head. There is also a diagonal band of narrow blue and orange stripes from the mouth to under the pectoral fin. It has black markings on the tail stem. The tail is orange.

Size
length to 30cm

Habitat
found in coral lagoons and seaward reefs at depths from 2m to 50m.

Food
algae, sea urchins, crabs, echinoderms, fish, molluscs, sponges, hydrozoans.

Breeding
Lays eggs in a single cluster in a shallow follow on sand or rubble

Range
The Orange-lined Triggerfish is found in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is found around north-western coast of Western Australia and along the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Tetraodontiformes
Family:Balistidae
Genus:Balistapus
Species:undulatus
Common Name:Orange-lined Triggerfish