Clown Triggerfish

Clown Triggerfish

The Clown Triggerfish has incredibly strong jaws, which it uses to crush its diet of sea urchins, crustaceans and hard-shelled mollusks.

About the Clown Triggerfish

The Clown Triggerfish at Kelly Tarlton's is very aggressive and will eat almost anything we put into the tank, including our fingers if we are not careful!

Interesting Facts

Often seen when swimming around pacific islands, this aggressive fish has a bad reputation for biting the fingers and toes of divers and snorkelers!

This fish has a beautiful and unique coloration. The ventral surface has large, white spots on a dark background, and its dorsal surface has black spots on yellow. Like a circus clown's painted red lips, the clown triggerfish has bright yellow coloured lips, hence how its name was chosen.

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Scientific Name

Balistoides conspicillum

Maximum Length

Up to about 50cm in length.




Commonly found around northern Australia and throughout the Pacific in the clear waters of tropical coral reefs, down to 75m.