Queen Triggerfish, Queen Triggerfish, Old Wife, Turbot, Ol'wife
Balistes vetula, Belize, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Balistes vetula, Turks & Caicos, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Balistes vetula, Abrolhos, Bahia, Brazil, Photo: Graham Edgar
Oval-shaped body and a strongly lunate tail, with trailing filaments on upper and lower tips, a broad blue band on tail base and a blue submargin on fin. Body greenish or bluish grey with series of dark oblique lines on sides, two curving blue lines from snout onto cheek and dark lines radiating from eye. Throat and breast often orange-yellow. Dorsal and anal fins high with submarginal blue lines, and dorsal fin in males with a trailing filament from top.
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.