Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Life of Clown Triggerfish

Life of Sea | Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum) | The Clown Triggerfish or Big-spotted Triggerfish is one of the most spectacular looking marine species. The round spots on the underside of the body and the 'cigar' lips give it the name "Clown". They are found in the Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to Durban, South Africa and east through Indonesia to Samoa, north to southern Japan and south to New Caledonia. It lives in clear coastal to outer reef habitats. This popular fish is to keep some people in the aquarium as a pet  

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Actinopterygii
Order:     Tetraodontiformes
Family:     Balistidae
Genus:     Balistoides
Species:     B. conspicillum

This fish has a slightly curved dorsal surface and a more pointed ventral surface, giving a non-symmetrical appearance. The body is dark brown - almost black, and the lower half is covered with a beautiful white spots of various sizes are quite large. A light-colored area almost like a saddle is present on the back, with many small dark spots. The penduncle tail is white, like a line under the eyes and a narrow strip around the brilliant yellow mouth. 

In the wild, Clown Triggerfish are omnivores. Their diet consists of sea urchins, crabs and other crustaceans, mollusks, and tunicates. In the aquarium they should be fed all sorts of meaty marine foods, cut fish, shrimp, squid, fish, etc. These generally come in sizes ranging from 4 to 8 inches. Clown Triggerfish grows to 14 inches in length. One of the most colorful, the clown triggerfish is one of the most aggressive people in general, held a tank. Caution is advised when selecting tank mates, choosing other aggressive, large fish. The tank decor should also be chosen based on the tendency of the Clown Triggerfish to rearrange. 

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