Starry triggerfish

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Starry triggerfish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Suborder: Tetraodontoidei
Family: Balistidae
Genus: Abalistes
Species: A. stellaris
Binomial name
Abalistes stellaris
(Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801)

The starry triggerfish (Abalistes stellaris), or flat-tailed triggerfish, is a tropical, harmless, oviparous bottom dweller, characterized by some white spots along the spinal dark band. The tail is dorsoventral and looks very thin, when looked upon in profile. There is a deep groove in front of the eye. The background colour is grey with olivegreen spots. Its mitochondrial DNA has been sequenced by the University of Tokyo, Japan.[1]


The name of the species has been recently changed to Abalistes stellatus and the author of the taxon is now "Anonymous, 1798".[2] The species has also been recently differentiated from the closely related species Abalistes filamentosus.[2]


Male adults grow up to 60 cm.


  • Indo-West Pacific up to the Red Sea and East Africa
  • mud, silty sand bottoms, coral reefs


Benthic animals such as crustaceans, crabs, mollusks; bony fish.


Not in the IUCN Red List.

Economic use[edit]

  • in aquariums
  • food fish (fresh or dried-salted).
  • leather


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