Orangestripe Triggerfish, Balistapus undulatus (Park 1797)

Other Names: Orange-lined Triggerfish, Orangestriped Triggerfish, Red-lined Triggerfish, Red-lined Trigger-fish, Striped Triggerfish, Striped Trigger-fish, Vermiculated Triggerfish

An Orangestripe Triggerfish, Balistapus undulatus, in Fiji. Source: Nick Hobgood / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A striking dark green to brownish triggerfish with curved diagonal orange lines on the body, a band of narrow blue and orange stripes running from the mouth to below the pectoral fin, and a large black blotch surrounding the spines on the tail base.

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Orangestripe Triggerfish, Balistapus undulatus (Park 1797)

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Recorded in Australia fromm Ningaloo Reef to Rob Roy Reef, Western Australia, also Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and Raine Island to the Capricorn Group, Queensland; also the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Found elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Species Citation

Balistes undulatus Park, 1797, Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 3: 37. Type locality: Sumatra.


Dianne J. Bray

Orangestripe Triggerfish, Balistapus undulatus (Park 1797)


Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1979. The Fishes of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Aust. Natl. Parks Wldlf. Ser. Spec. Publ. 2. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service 81 pp. 15 pls. 

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Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

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Matsuura, K. 2001. Triacanthodidae, Triacanthidae, Balistidae. pp. 3902-3928 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Park, M. 1797. Descriptions of eight new fishes from Sumatra. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 3: 33-38 fig. 1

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37465047

Danger:Spines on tail base

Depth:3-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:30 cm TL

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