WhyReef - Fun Facts
The clown triggerfish gets its name from the fact that its bright orange lips look like those of a clown. But there is more to its wacky appearance than its lips: half of its body is black with white spots, like a soccer ball, and half is mostly black with a splotch of odd black shapes outlined in yellow. As you can imagine, the clown triggerfish is pretty easy to recognize, but its pattern is not the only special thing about it. When it is scared, it can lock itself into a small hole. First, it quickly dives into a small hole in a coral. Then it extends the spines on its belly and head into the coral. Finally, it bites down on the coral with its strong mouth and locks itself into the hole, which makes it very difficult for predators to pull it out!
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