||This article needs attention from an expert in Fishes. The specific problem is: Fishbase suggests that A. stellaris and A. stellatus are different species.|
(Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801)
The starry triggerfish (Abalistes stellaris), or flat-tailed triggerfish, is a tropical, harmless, oviparous bottom dweller, characterized by some white spots along the spinal dark band. The tail is dorsoventral and looks very thin, when looked upon in profile. There is a deep groove in front of the eye. The background colour is grey with olivegreen spots. Its mitochondrial DNA has been sequenced by the University of Tokyo, Japan.
The name of the species has been recently changed to Abalistes stellatus and the author of the taxon is now "Anonymous, 1798". The species has also been recently differentiated from the closely related species Abalistes filamentosus.
Male adults grow up to 60 cm.
- Indo-West Pacific up to the Red Sea and East Africa
- mud, silty sand bottoms, coral reefs
Benthic animals such as crustaceans, crabs, mollusks; bony fish.
Not in the IUCN Red List.
- in aquariums
- food fish (fresh or dried-salted).
- MATSUURA, KEIICHI, & TETSUO YOSHINO, 2004. A new triggerfish of the genus Abalistes (Tetraodontiformes: Balistidae) from the western Pacific. Records of the Australian Museum 56(2): 189–194.