Sufflamen chrysopterum (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)

Sufflamen chrysopterum
Sufflamen chrysopterum
Photographer: 
Bob Edgar
Date: 
Friday, 3 January 2014
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
17m
Sufflamen chrysopterum
Sufflamen chrysopterum
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 4 January 1998
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
17m
Additional Notes: 

Juvenile pictured here.

Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 10 May 1998
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Additional Notes: 

Intermediate Phase pictured here.

Common name: Eye-stripe Triggerfish
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region, East Africa east to Samoa, north to southern Japan south to Lord Howe Island. In Australia recorded from Shark Bay in Western Australia north to the Timor Sea. From the northern Great Barrier Reef in Queensland south to central New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island. 

Ecological Notes:

Frequents shallow reef flats, common in all coastal and offshore reefs and islands. Depth to 20m.

Additional Notes:

Difficult to approach, solitary and territorial, usually sliding sideways under a ledge or into small crevices under rocks or coral. Terminal phase (adult) top picture, juvenile in middle and intermediate phase (IP) in lower picture. Grows to 30cm.