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

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Maximum 60 cm; common 30 to 40 cm

Color: Grey dashed with olive green; three large white blotches on back and numerous small blue spots; belly white; 3 to 4 yellow lines from mouth to pectoral fin base. Pectoral fins yellow with a dark base; other fins banded with black, yellow and olive.

Body deep and compressed, with leathery armor of scales in regular rotes. A small groove in front of eye; cheek covered with scales and some enlarged scales behind gill opening. Mouth small, teeth not fused to form a beak. First dorsal fin with 3 stout spines, the first being locked erect by the second; soft dorsal and anal fin rays branched; upper and lower lobes of caudal fin filamentous in large adults; caudal peduncle almost round in cross-section (sometimes depressed, its width greater than its depth).

Dioecious, external fertilization.

Synonym (s)
Abalistes stellatus (Lacepede, 1798)
Balistes phaleratus Richardson, 1846
Balistes stellaris Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Balistes vachellii Richardson, 1845
Abalistes stellairs (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Abalistes stellaris (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Senior synonym)
Balistes phaleratus Richardson, 1846
(Junior synonym)
Balistes stellaris Bloch & Schneider, 1801
(Senior synonym)
Balistes vachellii Richardson, 1845
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Starry Triggerfish (English)
• Starry Filefish (English)
• Starry Filefish (English)
• Star Puffer (English)
• Trigger Fish (English)
• Moori (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh; flesh resembles chicken.)

Habitat:  Demersal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Benthic animals


• Bay of Bengal INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre Available at - http://www.unep-wcmc.org/
  • Nagabhushanam, AK and Krishnan, S (1993) Observations on the distribution of some of the marine organism inhabiting the inter-tidal zone along the western continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal, with particular reference to the Tamil Nadu coastal strip Records of the Zoological Survey of India 93(3-4) 449-490 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Ocean Biogeographic Information System Available at - http://www.iobis.org/
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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 - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM#Contents
  • Fischer, W and Whitehead, PJP (1974) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Indian Ocean - Fishing Area 57 and Western Central Pacific - Fishing Area 71 FAO, Rome 1 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/e9163e/e9163e00.htm

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