Picasso Fish

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Description of the Picasso Fish

The Picasso Fish is also known as the Lagoon Triggerfish. It is smaller and less aggressive than other triggerfish. The Picasso Fish needs a large tank so it is advisable to keep them with other large species and ensure they have plenty of hiding places to minimise aggression. The Picasso Fish sleeps on its side!

Popular Name: Picasso Fish
Species: Rhinecanthus aculeatus

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Picasso Fish

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This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Picasso Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 30cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4. Temp 21 to 24 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Flaked or Frozen Food

  • Temperament: Aggressive towards smaller fish

  • Habitat: Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 50m

  • Behaviour: Will bite!

  • Range: Western Indian Ocean, Red Sea

Scientific Classification of the Picasso Fish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Rhinecanthus aculeatus

  • Popular Name: Picasso Fish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Tetraodontiformes

  • Family: Balistidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Picasso Fish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Picasso Fish slimy?
Picasso Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Picasso Fish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Picasso Fish have gills?
Gills enable the Picasso Fish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

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Why do the Picasso Fish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Picasso Fish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Picasso Fish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Picasso Fish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Picasso Fish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

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Picasso Fish

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Picasso Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Picasso Fish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Picasso Fish have fins?

  • Species: Rhinecanthus aculeatus

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