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: 
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Additional Notes: 

Intermediate Phase pictured here.

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

Juvenile pictured here.

Common name: Eye-stripe Triggerfish
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region: from the Persian Gulf and 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, the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, south to southern New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island. 

Ecological Notes:

Frequents shallow reef flats, coastal and outer reefs and islands. Habitats from silty lagoons to clear outer reef walls. Depth 1 - 30 m.

Additional Notes:

Male pale dorsally with black midsection and blue from mouth to anal fin, cream stripe behind eye to below pectoral fin, white margin on tail. Intermediate phase without the stripe and blue under belly. Juvenile pale below eye level, brownish green above, white margins on tail. Solitary and territorial, juveniles especially shy, sliding sideways into cover if approached. Feed on a wide variety of benthic invertebrates. Monogamous, female laying and guarding eggs in suitable sandy area while male patrols nearby. Grows to 30 cm. 

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.449.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=sufflamen+chrysopterum. Accessed 10/07/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Sufflamen-chrysopterum.html. Accessed 10/07/18.