Sufflamen chrysopterus [Status Unaccepted]   (Bloch & Schneider,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman

Size: 162 mm

Color: The body and the head are brown to blackish in color. The lips are yellow and a yellow ring encircles the snout. The soft dorsal and anal fins are yellowish. The caudal fin is with paler upper and lower edges and a broad white crescentic hind margin.

Body is compressed and angular in shape with its head profile straight. Depth 1.8, head 2.5 in standard length; eye 5.6 and 4.3 in snout. The scales on the head are small and arranged in 23 to 28 rows with those behind the gill openings enlarged into bony plates. On the body, the scales are thick and diamond shaped with those along the midline arranged in 43 to 47 series. On the caudal peduncle, the scales are modified into small recurved spines and occur in 6-8 rows extending forward to below the middle of the soft dorsal fin. The first dorsal fin has 3 spines with the first spine enlarged and strong. The second dorsal fin has 26 to 28 rays and the anal fin 23 to 25 rays. The pelvic fins, are reduced, forming a movable bony process on the midline of the lower body. The caudal fin is truncate. The terminal mouth bears an outer row of 8 teeth in each jaw and an inner row of six teeth in the upper jaw.

Synonym (s)
Balistes chrysopterus Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Common Name (s)
• Flagtail Triggerfish (English)
• Halfmoon Triggerfish (English)
• Golden-finned triggerfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Bottom invertebrates, coralline seaweeds and coral polyps


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Gulf of Oman (Record: 1995)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Katchall Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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