Rhinecanthus assasi

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Rhinecanthus assasi
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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.


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]


  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.