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Canthidermis sufflamen - Ocean Triggerfish

Canthidermis sufflamen - Ocean Triggerfish Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

Ocean triggerfish are almost completely grey in color except for a black spot at the base of their pectoral fins. They can grow to 2 feet in length, but are usually seen between 10 and 18 inches. Ocean triggerfish are usually found in open water above coral reefs or near drop-offs at depths between 35 and 100 feet.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: Canada to Massachusetts (USA), Bermuda, and northern Gulf of Mexico to South America. Eastern Atlantic: St. Paul's Rocks, Ascension, Cape Verde and St. Helena; Sao Tome Island


Habitat
Common near drop-offs of seaward reefs. Occasionally in shallow water. Solitary or in small groups in open water. Often associated with Sargassum.


Diet
Feeds mainly on large zooplankton.


Quick Fact
Ocean triggerfish will use their tails to create a depression in the sand where they lay their eggs. They will then stay near the nest to protect their eggs from predators.


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