Balistes punctatus

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Balistes punctatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Balistidae
Genus: Balistes
Species: B. punctatus
Binomial name
Balistes punctatus
J. F. Gmelin, 1789

The bluespotted triggerfish, Balistes punctatus is a species of triggerfish from the Eastern Atlantic. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 60 centimetres (24 in).


The bluespotted triggerfish is known to not do well with other species within the same family when kept in an aquarium. If other specimens are in the tank with it, the aquarium should be of large size to avoid aggressive and malicious behavior. This species is not only naturally aggressive in its behavior, but it is also curious and known to explore. [1] Another common name for the bluespotted triggerfish is the Golden Heart Triggerfish.[2]


The bluespotted triggerfish known to be a carnivore.[2] It is recorded to eat a variety of food that include:

  • crustaceans
  • bivalves
  • echinoderms
  • fishes
  • sponges
  • tunicates
  • mollusks hydrozoans
  • benthic organisms
  • algae[1]


The bluespotted triggerfish can be found in a marine environment within a tropical climate. They can be located in the following areas:

  • Eastern Atlantic
  • Morocco
  • Angola
  • Madeira
  • Canary Islands
  • Cape Verde[3]


  1. ^ a b "Bluespotted triggerfish - Balistes punctatus". Aquatic Community. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Golden Heart Triggerfish". Blue Zoo Aquatics. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Balistes punctatus". Fish Base. Retrieved 11 February 2013.