Sufflamen bursa   (Bloch & Schneider,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 25.0 cm TL (male)

Color: The characteristic scythe mark crossing the pectoral base is yellowish-tan to green in juveniles and subadults.

Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 27-30; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 25-27.

Dioecious, external fertilization, guarders, nesters. Distinct pairing.

Synonym (s)
Balistes bursa Bloch & Schneider, 1801
(Senior synonym)
Hemibalistes bursa (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Senior synonym)
Sufflamen bursa (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Boomerang Triggerfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium)

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic, Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Crabs, bivalves, gastropods, algae, echinoids, tunicates, worms, eggs, and detritus


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)

Literature Source(s)
  • Anand, PEV and Pillai, NGK (2003) Habitat distribution and species diversity of coral reef fishes in the reefslope of the Kavaratti atoll, Lakshadweep, India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 45(1) 88-98 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean; (Fishing area 51). FAO, Rome 1 Available at -

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