Life of Sea | Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum) | The Clown Triggerfish or Big-spotted Triggerfish is one of the most spectacular looking marine species. The roundspots on theundersideof the body andthe'cigar' lipsgive it thename"Clown". Theyare found intheIndo-Pacific: East Africa southto Durban,SouthAfricaand eastthrough Indonesiato Samoa, north tosouthern Japanandsouthto New Caledonia. Itlivesin clearcoastaltoouterreefhabitats. This popularfish isto keepsome peoplein the aquariumas a pet
Species: B. conspicillum
This fishhasaslightlycurveddorsalsurface andamorepointedventral surface,giving anon-symmetricalappearance.The bodyis darkbrown-almost black, and the lower halfis covered withabeautifulwhitespots of varioussizesarequite large. A light-colored area almostlikeasaddleis presenton the back,with many smalldark spots. Thependuncletailis white,likealine underthe eyes andanarrowstrip aroundthe brilliantyellowmouth.
In the wild, Clown Triggerfishare omnivores. Their dietconsists of seaurchins, crabs and othercrustaceans,mollusks, andtunicates. Inthe aquariumthey shouldbe fedall sorts ofmeatymarinefoods,cutfish, shrimp, squid,fish,etc. Thesegenerallycomein sizesranging from4 to 8inches. Clown Triggerfishgrowsto 14inches inlength.One of themostcolorful, the clowntriggerfishisoneof themost aggressivepeople ingeneral,heldatank. Caution is advisedwhen selectingtankmates,choosingotheraggressive, large fish. The tankdecorshould alsobechosen based onthe tendency ofthe Clown Triggerfishtorearrange.