Sufflamen bursa

Scyth triggerfish
Characteristic features:

2 vertical curved dark bands on head near gill opening, white area from mouth to anal fin, rest of body pale grey to brownish.


Up to 24 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral reefs, from 3 to 90 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by gillnets, traps and drive-in nets.

Similar species:

Sufflamen chrysopterum
Flagtail triggerfish

Sufflamen chrysopterum

Sufflamen chrysopterum differs in having caudal fin with a broad white posterior margin (vs. uniformly dark) and ventral area from mouth to anal fin brown (vs. white).

Sufflamen fraenatum
Bridled triggerfish

Sufflamen fraenatum

Sufflamen fraenatum differs in having no yellowish vertical bars on head (vs. 2 yellowish vertical bars on head below eye near gill opening).

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