queen triggerfish

Scientific name Balistes vetula
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category NT
Family Balistidae
Genus Balistes
Balistes vetula Balistes vetula


Balistes vetula, commonly known as queen triggerfish, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    24 cm
  • Maximum size
    60 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes
  • Average size
    24 cm
  • Maximum size
    60 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes

How to recognize the queen triggerfish ?

The queen triggerfish measures between 24 and 60 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune, bleu, vert and orange body. The also has bleu diagonal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The queen triggerfish is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the queen triggerfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The queen triggerfish is a fish ovovivipare.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
  • Bite

This species can attack if it feels threatened. It is important to be particularly vigilant especially during dives or fishing sessions.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    23 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 275 m

Biotope presentation

The queen triggerfish is most often found at a depth between 2m and 275m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Growth, mortality and exploitation rates of the Queen Triggerfish Balistes vetula in the Brazilian East Coast - Ricardo FREITAS NETTO & Ana Paula MADEIRA - - 2010.

AGE AND GROWTH OF THE QUEEN TRIGGERFISH Balistes vetula (TETRAODONTIFORMES, BALISTIDAE) OF THE CENTRAL COAST OF BRAZIL - Cristiano Queiroz de Albuquerque, Agnaldo Silva Martins , Nilamon de Oliveira Leite Junior , Julio Neves de Araújo and Alan Marques Ribeiro - - 2011.

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