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Trigger fish

Order Tetraodontiformes
Family Balistidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. High, rhomboid or oval body fish, compressed laterally, covered by bony plates. Small mouth and armed with sharp teeth, behind which is a small gill orifice. The first dorsal fin consists of 3 hard spines: the first is rough in the anterior part, with a slit and smooth in the posterior, and the second has a bony protuberance; When the first one rises the rest also make it moved by the membrane that unites them, and the second spine is captured in the first, forming a rigid vertical structure that fits the fish in cracks or cavities. The second dorsal, high, has 27 or 28 soft spokes. Anal opposite the second dorsal, with 23-26 soft rays. Ventral reduced to 1 spine. Gray color, with bluish and brown transverse spots.

FAO code
Balistes carolinensis
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
International denominations
Germany Drückerfisch
Italy Pesce balestra
Portugal Cangulo
United Kingdom Trigger fish
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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