Sufflamen chrysopterum

Flagtail triggerfish
Characteristic features:

Head and body yellowish-brown, often with vertical yellow bar below eye and sometimes with a blue lips, chin and belly, caudal fin yellowish with broad white margin.


Up to 22 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Shallow protected reefs, to 30 m depth.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by gillnets, traps and drive-in nets.

Similar species:

Sufflamen bursa
Scyth triggerfish

Sufflamen bursa

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

Sufflamen fraenatum
Bridled triggerfish

Sufflamen fraenatum

Sufflamen fraenatum differs in having caudal fin uniformly dark (vs. with a broad white margin).

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