Latin Name: Balistes
General Size: 14"
These territorial fish are regulars of the reef environment.
Gray triggerfish can be seen in small groups on reef
and/or bottom structure and will approach divers and
even bite them with powerful teeth and jaws. Because
of their very tough dermal layer their ribs are greatly
reduced in size and thickness, their rugged skin protects
them from penetrating teeth and spines of other fish.
They actually form mating pairs and will build and guard
a nest containing an egg mass. Gray triggerfish are
so named for their main spine atop their head. It can
lay flat or stand erect thus allowing the fish to lodge
themselves in a reef crevice to avoid being pulled out
by a predator.
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