Abalistes filamentosus

Hairfin triggerfish
Characteristic features:

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


Up to 50 cm TL.


West Central Pacific in tropical and subtropical waters.


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); no grooves on cheeck (vs. 3–4 longitudinal grooves) and small yellow spots above and larger yellow spots below (vs. no spots on body).

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