Abalistes filamentosus


Hairfin triggerfish
Characteristic features:
Colour:

Head and body dark brown with irregular pale markings, becoming paler below.

Size:

Up to 50 cm TL.

Distribution:

West Central Pacific in tropical and subtropical waters.

Habitat:

Coastal sand, sponge and weed bottoms, from 60 to 180 m depth.

Similar species:

Abalistes stellatus
Starry trigger

Abalistes stellatus

Abalistes stellatus differs in having a caudal fin without filamentous lobes (vs. upper and lower lobes often filamentous); 3–4 longitudinal grooves on the cheek (vs. grooves absent) and small yellow spots above and larger yellow spots below (vs. no spots on body).

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