The Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Balistidae family of triggerfish. It is also known as the Clown Trigger and the Bigspotted Triggerfish.
The Clown Triggerfish has a flat, laterally compressed, oval-shaped body. It is black with the lower half of its body covered with large, white spots. The top part of its body is yellowish with a leopard-skin pattern. It has a yellow ring around its mouth, surrounded by a thin, white ring. It has yellowish markings near its tail. It has a small mouth with sharp teeth. Its fins are white and its tail is white with two black margins.
It grows to about 50 centimetres (20 inches) in length.
It is native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. It prefers tropical and subtropical waters in shallow reefs and lagoons.
The Clown Triggerfish eats molluscs, sea urchins, crabs, and shrimp.
It is diurnal, active during the day. It is solitary and territorial, chasing away other fish from its territory.
[Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France and Almaty Kazakhstan]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM