Pseudobalistes fuscus

Bluestriped triggerfish
Characteristic features:

Blue to greyish with yellow spots forming a network pattern on sides, soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fin margins light blue.


Up to 55 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, to 50 m depth.


Feeds on crustaceans, urchins, molluscs and tunicates. Occurs in solitary.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with gillnet, traps, handlines and drive-in nets.

Similar species:

Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus
Yellowmargin triggerfish

Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus

Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus differs in having 5 or 6 longitudinal scale ridges on caudal peduncle (vs. no scale ridges); soft dorsal and anal fins rounded anteriorly (vs. elevated anteriorly) and outer margin of soft dorsal and anal fins orange (vs. these fins brown).

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