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 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
  • Schneider, W. 1990 FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Field guide to the commercial marine resources of the Gulf of Guinea. Prepared and published with the support of the FAO Regional Office for Africa. Rome: FAO. 268 p. (Ref. 2683)
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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
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: commercial
  • Winterbottom, R. and J.C. Tyler 1981 Balistidae. In W. Fischer, G. Bianchi and W.B. Scott (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Central Atlantic (Fishing Areas 34, 47 (in part) . Vol. 1. [pag. var.]. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 3571)
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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).

Information[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bluespotted triggerfish - Balistes punctatus". Aquatic Community. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Golden Heart Triggerfish". Blue Zoo Aquatics. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Balistes punctatus". Fish Base. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 

Notes[edit]

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