Orangestriped triggerfish
  • Balistapus undulatus
  • English Name : Orangestriped triggerfish
  • Local Name : Dhaifuku rondu
  • Size : Max. 30 cm
  • Family : BALISTIDAE
  • Order : Tetraodontiformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 3 spines and 24-28 rays. Anal fin with 20-24 rays. Pectoral fin with 12-14 rays. Third dorsal spine of moderate length (not minute). No groove in front of eye. Second dorsal and anal fins not elevated anteriorly. Caudal fin slightly rounded.
  • Colour: Dark greenish brown with bright orange lines. Adult male with no bands on dark snout.
  • Habitat and Biology: Occurs in a variety of habitats on reef flat and reef edge. Extremely varied diet: live corals, benthic algae, sea urchins, crustaceans, other benthic invertebrates and also small fishes. Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Balistapus undulatus is a common inhabitant of the Maldivian reefs. It is an interesting aquarium fish.