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n. pl. triggerfish or trig·ger·fish·es
Any of various brightly colored fishes of the family Balistidae of warm coastal waters, having a roundish body and an erectile spine on the anterior dorsal fin that locks upright when the fish is threatened.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any plectognath fish of the family Balistidae, of tropical and temperate seas. They have a compressed body with erectile spines in the first dorsal fin


(ˈtrɪg ərˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for individuals or kinds) -fish•es.
any deep-bodied tropical fish of the family Balistidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having three stout spines on the front of the dorsal fin.
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Noun1.triggerfish - any of numerous compressed deep-bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fintriggerfish - any of numerous compressed deep-bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fin
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
Balistidae, family Balistidae - triggerfishes
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They address artificial reefs in various settings as a management tool to support or enhance sustainable fisheries, including how fish behavior changes during the day around gas platforms; fish assemblages according to artificial reef attributes and seasons; fish and epibenthic assemblages on artificial reefs with and without copper-based, anti-fouling paint; environmental factor analysis of snow crab associated with artificial reefs; population dynamics from red snapper associated with inshore and offshore artificial reefs; the reproductive characteristics of a gray triggerfish on three artificial reefs; and reef fish and their habitat.
'Some of the more unusual creatures spotted also include pygmy sea horses, parrotfish, lionfish, triggerfish, unicorn fish, trumpet fish, wrasse, mantis shrimp, squid and octopus.
Likewise, harvesting of the spawning aggregation of grey triggerfish Balistes capriscus has also been recorded, which is sometimes sold as Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus fillet at local markets (Castro-Perez et al., 2011).
While working on her degree, she studied gray triggerfish reproductive behavior, early life history, and early settlement to benthic structures as well as competitive interactions between red snapper and gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico.
Swiss company Sensimed secured US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Triggerfish soft silicone contact lens that detects minute fluctuations in ocular volume in 2016.
Additionally, the Gulf recreational red snapper and gray triggerfish seasons will be open this Labor Day weekend, September 1st-4th.
The mid-shelf region (30-100 m) is populated by a diverse group of species, whose distributions often extend into shallower or deeper waters, including but not limited to red porgy, Pagrus pagrus; vermilion snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens; red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus; gray triggerfish, Batistes capriscus; red hind, Epinephelus guttatus; scamp, Mycteroperca phenax; speckled hind, Epinephelus drummondhayi; and knobbed porgy, Calamus nodosus (Grimes, 1978; Chester et al., 1984).
Abstract--The feeding habits of red porgy (Pagrus pagrus) and gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) were investigated by examining the gut contents of specimens collected during 2009-2011 from live bottom habitats off the southeastern United States.