Gray Triggerfish: Balistes capriscus


  • Entirely olive-gray
  • Dorsal and anal fins marbled
  • Caudal fin lobes elongate in large adults
  • One or more enlarged scales behind gill opening
  • 26 to 29 dorsal fin rays
  • 23 to 26 anal fin rays
  • Young: large darker saddle on back (these saddles sometime persist in adults)
  • Blue spots and short blue lines in dorsal fin and on upper half of body, becoming white below anal fin
  • Upper rim of eye blue


Hardbottom, reefs, ledges


State Record:

12lb 7oz

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