Sufflamen bursa (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Boomerang triggerfish
Sufflamen bursa
photo by Patzner, R.

 Family:  Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
 Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 90 m
 Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef in Australia, New Caledonia, and Rapa.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 27-30; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 25-27. The characteristic scythe mark crossing the pectoral base is yellowish-tan to green in juveniles and subadults. Description: Characterized further by greyish to brown body color; white chin and belly; white diagonal line behind mouth; longitudinal scale rows 43-50; presence of deep groove in front of eye; nearly straight dorsal and ventral head profiles; body with series of longitudinal ridges bearing small spiny tubercles, upper ridge extending to rear of pectoral fins; truncate to slightly rounded caudal fin (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Inhabit clear inner and outer reef habitats from exposed algae reef flats to deep along drop-offs (Ref. 48637). Occur in seaward reefs below the surge zone (Ref. 205). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feed on crabs, bivalves, gastropods, algae, echinoids, tunicates, worms, eggs, and detritus. Oviparous (Ref. 205). Also taken by drive-in nets (Ref. 9770).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 15.07.92
 Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 09.01.08
 Checked by: Matsuura, Keiichi - 02.10.95

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