Rhinecanthus assasi

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Rhinecanthus assasi
Rhinecanthus assasi - Rotmeer-Picassodrueckerfisch 0532a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Balistidae
Genus: Rhinecanthus
Species: R. assasi
Binomial name
Rhinecanthus assasi
(Forsskål, 1775)

Rhinecanthus assasi is a species of fish in the family Balistidae, the triggerfishes. Common names include Picasso triggerfish and Arabian picassofish.[1] It occurs in the western Indian Ocean, including the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.[2]


The fish reaches up to 30 centimeters long.[2] It is tan above and white below with blue stripes between and below the eyes.[3]


Its diet includes invertebrates.[2]


It is a fish of coral reefs.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, R. and D. Pauly, Eds. Common names of Rhinecanthus assasi. FishBase. 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Froese, R. and D. Pauly, Eds. Rhinecanthus assasi. FishBase. 2013.
  3. ^ Lieske, E. and R. F. Myers. Coral Reef Guide; Red Sea. London, HarperCollins. 2004. ISBN 0-00-715986-2