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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Balistidae Triggerfishes

Genus: Balistes

(See list of species below)



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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Balistes capriscus Gmelin, 1789

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Balistes capriscus
[Grey triggerfish]



Indian Ocean

Balistes ellioti Day, 1889

Photo by Photo by Kandula, S. & P. Padmavathi
 
Balistes ellioti
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Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 76 cm TL
Balistes polylepis Steindachner, 1876

Photo by Photo by Malaer, P.
 
Balistes polylepis
[Finescale triggerfish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Balistes punctatus Gmelin, 1789

Photo by Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Balistes punctatus
[Bluespotted triggerfish]
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Max. Length 27.2 cm SL

 
Balistes rotundatus
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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Balistes vetula Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Photo by Johnson, L.
 
Balistes vetula
[Queen triggerfish]
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Max. Length 13.1 cm SL

 
Balistes willughbeii
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7 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Balistes capriscus Grey triggerfish Eastern Atlantic 60 TL 1789
Balistes ellioti Indian Ocean 1889
Balistes polylepis Finescale triggerfish Eastern Pacific 76 TL 1876
Balistes punctatus Bluespotted triggerfish Eastern Atlantic 60 TL 1789
Balistes rotundatus Indo-West Pacific. 27.2 SL 1822
Balistes vetula Queen triggerfish Eastern Atlantic 60 TL 1758
Balistes willughbeii Eastern Central Pacific. 13.1 SL 1839



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