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Sufflamen fraenatum  (Latreille, 1804)

Masked triggerfish
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes (Puffers and filefishes) > Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Etymology: Sufflamen: Latin, sufflamen = clog (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 8 - 186 m (Ref. 9710), usually 18 - ? m (Ref. 9710).   Tropical; 30°N - 32°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 38.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710); common length : 26.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5450)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 27-31; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 24 - 28. Juveniles sand-colored with numerous thin black pinstripes (Ref. 1602); adult males with an oblique yellow band from the corner of mouth backward and another under the chin (Ref. 4420).

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to Natal, South Africa (Ref. 4420) and east to the Hawaiian, Marquesas and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabit coastal rocky reefs, often silty habitats and in lagoons on open sand (Ref. 48637). Solitary (Ref. 90102). Found over sand and rubble patches of seaward reefs (Ref. 205). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feed on echinoids, fishes, mollusks, tunicates, crustaceans, algae, polychaete worms, foraminiferans and detritus. Oviparous (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Matsuura, Keiichi | Collaborators

Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5312   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02512 (0.01462 - 0.04317), b=3.01 (2.85 - 3.17), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.