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, commonly known as the Picasso triggerfish or Arabian picassofish[1], is a species of fish in the family Balistidae, the triggerfishes.

Description[edit]

Rhinecanthus assasi reaches up to 30 centimeters long. It is tan above and white below with blue stripes between and below the eyes.[2] It feeds mostly on invertebrates.[3]

Habitat and distribution[edit]

R. assasi mostly lives in or near coral reefs. It occurs in the western Indian Ocean, including the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, R.; D., Pauly. "Common names of Rhinecanthus assasi". FishBase. 
  2. ^ Myers, R.F.; Lieske, E. (2004). Coral Reef Guide; Red Sea. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-715986-2. 
  3. ^ a b Froese, R.; D., Pauly. "Rhinecanthus assasi, Picasso triggerfish". FishBase.