Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found over sand and rock bottoms of coastal waters. Feeds on crabs and bivalves (Ref. 4727).
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Distribution

Eastern Atlantic: Morocco to Angola, including Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Cape Verde.
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Eastern Atlantic: Morocco to Angola, some offshore islands.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 600 mm TL
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Max. size

60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 2683)); max. published weight: 1,800 g (Ref. ); max. published weight: 28 kg
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 200 m (Ref. 7348), usually 0 - 50 m (Ref. 7348)
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 47 - 47
  Temperature range (°C): 19.368 - 19.368
  Nitrate (umol/L): 14.682 - 14.682
  Salinity (PPS): 35.542 - 35.542
  Oxygen (ml/l): 2.613 - 2.613
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.943 - 0.943
  Silicate (umol/l): 5.416 - 5.416
 
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Depth: 0 - 200m.
Recorded at 200 meters.

Habitat: demersal. A coastal species which occurs over sandy and rocky bottoms. Feeds on crabs and bivalves (Ref. 4727).
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Trophic Strategy

A coastal species which occurs over sandy and rocky bottoms. Feeds on crabs and bivalves.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Balistes punctatus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: commercial
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Wikipedia

Balistes punctatus

The bluespotted triggerfish, Balistes punctatus is a species of triggerfish from the Eastern Atlantic. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 60 centimetres (24 in).

Contents

Information

The bluespotted triggerfish is known to not do well with other species within the same family when kept in an aquarium. If other specimens are in the tank with it, the aquarium should be of large size to avoid aggressive and malicious behavior. This species is not only naturally aggressive in its behavior, but it is also curious and known to explore. [1] Another common name for the bluespotted triggerfish is the Golden Heart Triggerfish.[2]

Diet

The bluespotted triggerfish known to be a carnivore.[2] It is recorded to eat a variety of food that include:

  • crustaceans
  • bivalves
  • echinoderms
  • fishes
  • sponges
  • tunicates
  • mollusks hydrozoans
  • benthic organisms
  • algae[1]

Location

The bluespotted triggerfish can be found in a marine environment within a tropical climate. They can be located in the following areas:

  • Eastern Atlantic
  • Morocco
  • Angola
  • Madeira
  • Canary Islands
  • Cape Verde[3]

Classification

The taxonomic classification of the bluespotted triggerfish is as follows:

References

Notes

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