Balistidae


Triggerfishes
Characteristic features:
Similar families:

Monacanthidae
Leatherjackets

Monocanthidae line

Monacanthidae differs in having 2 dorsal-fin spines, with only the first long and prominent (vs. 3 dorsal-fin spines, all long and prominent); body very compressed (vs. only slightly compressed); scales minute (vs. large) and smaller and fewer teeth in jaws (vs. larger and more numerous).

Species:
Abalistes filamentosus Hairfin triggerfish
Balistapus undulatus Orangelined triggerfish
Canthidermis maculata Oceanic triggerfish
Melichthys indicus Indian triggerfish
Melichthys niger Black triggerfish
Melichthys vidua Pinktail triggerfish
Odonus niger Redtooth triggerfish
Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus Yellowmargin triggerfish
Pseudobalistes fuscus Bluestriped triggerfish
Rhinecanthus aculeatus Blackbar triggerfish
Rhinecanthus rectangulus Wedgetail triggerfish
Rhinecanthus verrucosus Blackpatch triggerfish
Sufflamen bursa Scyth triggerfish
Sufflamen chrysopterum Flagtail triggerfish
Sufflamen fraenatum Bridled triggerfish