Big Spotted Trigger Fish

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Description of the Big Spotted Trigger Fish

The Big Spotted Trigger Fish is also commonly referred to as the Clown Trigger Fish and is a very beautiful marine aquarium fish. It is however aggressive towards smaller fish. Its unique coloring with its amazing yellow lips and large white spots make this triggerfish a very popular species. It has a powerful jaw capable of crushing the shells of crustaceans but can be tame enough to hand fed.

Popular Name: Big Spotted Trigger Fish
Species: Balistoides conspicillum

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Big Spotted Trigger Fish

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Profile of the Big Spotted Trigger Fish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Big Spotted Trigger Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 50cm 

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 - 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Small Crustaceans, Live, Dried and Frozen Food

  • Temperament: Like other triggerfish, will be aggressive towards smaller fish

  • Habitat: Marine reef dweller at depths of up to 75m

  • Behaviour: Good community fish but does require a large tank

  • Range: Indo-Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Big Spotted Trigger 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: Balistoides conspicillum

  • Popular Name: Big Spotted Trigger Fish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Tetraodontiformes

  • Family: Balistidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Big Spotted Trigger 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 Big Spotted Trigger Fish slimy?
Big Spotted Trigger Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Big Spotted Trigger 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 Big Spotted Trigger Fish have gills?
Gills enable the Big Spotted Trigger 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 Big Spotted Trigger 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 Big Spotted Trigger Fish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Big Spotted Trigger Fish

Big Spotted Trigger Fish

  • Interesting Information about Big Spotted Trigger Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Big Spotted Trigger Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Big Spotted Trigger Fish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Big Spotted Trigger Fish have fins?

  • Species: Balistoides conspicillum

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