The Clown Triggerfish is a large, brightly colored species of triggerfish, typically reaching sizes of 18-24 inches in length.
They have a laterally compressed oval body, with a pointed snout and a rounded tail fin. They are mostly yellow-orange in color, with black and white stripes and spots.
The Clown Triggerfish, also known as Balistoides conspicillum, is found in warm tropical waters throughout the Indo-Pacific region. They inhabit coral reefs and nearby lagoons, typically at depths of up to 100 feet.
They feed on hard-shelled invertebrates such as mollusks, crustaceans, and sea urchins, as well as small fish, algae, and detritus. They are adept hunters, using their powerful jaws to crush the shells of their prey.
Clown Triggerfish are typically solitary and territorial, preferring to live in shallow coral reefs and lagoons.
Clown Triggerfish are curious and active fish that spend their time foraging for food, exploring their environment, and defending their territory. They are generally solitary, but can be seen swimming in small groups or pairs.
The Clown Triggerfish (also known as Balistoides conspicillum) belongs to the family Balistidae, which includes around 40 species. They are part of the genus Balistoides, which includes four species:
- Balistoides viridescens (the common Reef Triggerfish)
- Balistoides conspicillum (the Orange-lined Triggerfish)
- Balistoides viridescens var. undulosus (the Undulated Triggerfish)
- Balistoides viridescens var. flavomaculatus (the Black-spot Triggerfish).