- 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)
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 1 sample.
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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Recorded at 200 meters.
Habitat: demersal. A coastal species which occurs over sandy and rocky bottoms. Feeds on crabs and bivalves (Ref. 4727).
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Balistes punctatus
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
- 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)
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).
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.  Another common name for the bluespotted triggerfish is the Golden Heart Triggerfish.
The bluespotted triggerfish known to be a carnivore. It is recorded to eat a variety of food that include:
- mollusks hydrozoans
- benthic organisms
The bluespotted triggerfish can be found in a marine environment within a tropical climate. They can be located in the following areas:
- Eastern Atlantic
- Canary Islands
- Cape Verde
The taxonomic classification of the bluespotted triggerfish is as follows:
- Domain: Eukaryota
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Subkingdom: Bilateria
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Osteichthyes
- Order: Tetraodontiformes
- Family: Balistidae
- Genus: Balistes 
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- "Golden Heart Triggerfish". Blue Zoo Aquatics. http://www.bluezooaquatics.com/productDetail.asp?did=1&cid=288&pid=889. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
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- Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2008). "Balistes punctatus" in FishBase. December 2008 version.
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