Xanthichthys lineopunctatus (Hollard, 1854)
Striped triggerfish
Xanthichthys lineopunctatus
photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.

Family:  Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range - 50 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: South Africa eastward through northern Australia to New Guinea, north to southern Japan. Recorded from Australia as Xanthichthys ringens (Ref. 6936).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 27-30; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 25-27. Cheek with 3 narrow, slightly diagonal dark-brown grooves. A longitudinal groove in front of eye. No enlarged osseous scales behind gill opening. Attains 26 cm SL.
Biology:  A rare species that occurs in offshore reefs, often seen well above the bottom (Ref. 9710). Also taken by drive-in nets. Oviparous (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 January 2022 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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