Tag: Triggerfish and Filefish (Tetraodontiformes)

Triggerfish (Balistidae) and Filefish, also commonly known as Leatherjackets (Monacanthidae), are members of the order Tetraodontiformes, which consists of 10 families and around 360 separate species.

Other members of this family found in local waters include the Boxfish (Ostraciidae), Pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) and Porcupinefish (Diodontidae), however i've moved these into a separate section based on their physical appearance being significantly different from the two families included here.

Although there are a few pelagic species within either family, the majority are associated with coral reefs and reef flats.

Triggerfish (Balistidae) and Filefish, also commonly known as Leatherjackets (Monacanthidae), are members of the order Tetraodontiformes, which consists of 10 families and around 360 separate species.

Other members of this family found in local waters include the Boxfish (Ostraciidae), Pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) and Porcupinefish (Diodontidae), however i've moved these into a separate section based on their physical appearance being significantly different from the two families included here.

Although there are a few pelagic species within either family, the majority are associated with coral reefs and reef flats.

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Pinktail Triggerfish (Melichthys Vidua)

Pinktail Triggerfish (Melichthys Vidua)

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Variable Fangblenny (Petroscirtes Variabilis) and Bristle-Tailed Leatherjacket (Acreichthys Tomentosus)

A Variable Fangblenny (Petroscirtes Variabilis) and a a tiny, juvenile Bristle-Tailed Leatherjacket (Acreichthys Tomentosus) share a boat mooring line at Sail Rock.