Abalistes stellatus

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Abalistes stellatus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Balistidae
Genus: Abalistes
Species: A. stellatus
Binomial name
Abalistes stellatus
(Anonymous in Lacépède, 1798)

Abalistes stellatus is a member of the triggerfish family that occurs along the coasts of the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, and along the western edge of the Pacific Ocean.[1]


Abalistes stellatus lives primarily in mud and silt; however, on sloping ground it often is found some distance above the surface.[1] It is generally found on deep coastal slopes.[1] Adults may be found in estuaries, and juveniles of the species spend much of their pre-adult life there for protection.[1] As a result of these varied habitats, adults range from 7–350 m in depth.[1]


Abalistes stellatus grows to be about 60 cm in length.[1] It has 25-27 dorsal rays (including spines) and 24-25 anal rays.[1] As well its body is dark gray fading to olive and is covered in small white spots.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Abalistes stellatus summary page". FishBase. Retrieved 2015-09-03.