White-Banded Triggerfish

Rhinecanthus aculeatus
Baliste picasso

Interesting facts

The white-banded triggerfish has a beige body with brown stripes and scattered white zones along with black “glasses” striped with blue and a long, yellow mustache. This is an impressive uniform for this fighter that never ceases to confront intruders during reproduction season. This triggerfish is very territorial and will not hesitate to attack anyone who enters its domain by first intimidating from the front and then biting from the rear. A territory can be kept for more than 8 years by a male and his females that will lay their precious few eggs (which they will guard). The white-banded triggerfish is an omnivore but tends to be more of a carnivore. It will blow water into the sand to reveal its prey.


Photo Credit: John Hoover