Abalistes stellaris (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Starry triggerfish
Abalistes stellaris
photo by CSIRO

Family:  Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Max. size:  60 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 40 - 100 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Southeast Asia, north to Japan and south to northern Australia (Ref. 28). Eastern Atlantic: St. Helena and south coasts of Africa (Ref. 7348).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-27; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 24-26. Scales enlarged above the pectoral fin base and just behind the gill slit to form a flexible tympanum; scales of posterior body with prominent keels, forming longitudinal ridges. A prominent groove in the skin extending anteriorly from front of eye for a distance of about 1 eye diameter. Caudal peduncle depressed. Caudal fin rays of adults prolonged above and below.
Biology:  Inhabit coastal areas, usually found over muddy and sandy bottoms, also around reefs, together with the sponges and algae (Ref. 5213). Feed on benthic animals (Ref. 9769). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Also caught with vertical long-lines (Ref. 9770). Marketed fresh and dried-salted (Ref. 9770).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.11.19
Checked by: Matsuura, Keiichi - 14.03.96

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