Balistes punctatus Gmelin, 1789
Bluespotted triggerfish
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Max. size:  60 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 1,800.0 g; max.weight: 28 kg
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 200 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Morocco to Angola, including the Canary Islands, and Cape Verde.
Biology:  Found over sand and rock bottoms of coastal waters. Feeds on crabs and bivalves (Ref. 4727).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 16 June 2011 (A2bd) Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 05.02.92
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 16.11.00
Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 20.08.94

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