Starry TriggerfishFamily: BalistidaeAbalistes stellatusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Heather Lettengarver
The Starry Triggerfish is identified primarily by the white "stars" on it's back. This juvenile specimen also has distinctive black markings extending to below the eyes and has the close set spots on it's body.
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- Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
- Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
Pictures of adult specimens show the black coloration and the spots faded but the stars on it's back are still identifiable.
Heather reports this about her Starry Triggerfish:
"On observing the Stellatus behavior for the past few months I have found it to be the least dominant Trigger in the tank. She does occasionally have a nip or two in her pectoral fins - given by the Niger also in the tank. The Stellatus avoids my juvenile Undulated, and though the Undulated does not act aggressive towards the Stellatus (yet) he often will steal the food right from her mouth and retreat to the rocks (he does not do this with the Niger). Of course this pecking order may change as they grow and it may just be particular to my fish."
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Maintenance: Feed all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. We generally feed squid, shrimp (the same kind people eat), mussels, and all kinds of chopped up fish.