Category: Salt Water
Facts about the Orange-lined Triggerfish, they are complex swimmers with capability to maneuver horizontally, diagonally as well as float over the banks in their habitats. The Orange-Lined Triggerfish is one of the attractive omnivores prevalent along the coastal reefs which majorly feeds on invertebrates.
The Orange-lined Triggerfish has a diverse diet established on different benthic creatures such as molluscs, hard coral tips, echinoderms, algae, sponges, as well as fish. Its list of nourishments includes sponges, coralline algae, brittle stars, hydroids, urchins, hard corals, clams, crabs, shrimp, worms, snails, mussels, tunicates as well as other fish such as starfish and pieces of passing fish. As the Orange-Lined Triggerfish nourishes itself with sea urchins, it grasps with a spine in its chins, hooks it on the water column and then frees it. As it descends to sea basin, the Orange-Lined Triggerfish will whirl beneath as it pursues to bite over its vulnerable part of the echinoderm - the opening where the chins of the urchin project from the test. The Orange lined Triggerfish is sexually dichromatic. The distinctive characteristics between males and females are that; females’ eyes and mouths possess orange stripes between them which do not prevail males. In addition males are physically bigger than females.
The Orange-lined Triggerfish only grow up to 1 feet long with its body that has the stock look, literally compressed as well as oval in shape. The Orange-Lined Triggerfish's head is approximately one-third of its body length with a terminal and smallmouth as well as sharp teeth. The Orange-Lined Triggerfish possess an extraordinary defensive mechanism. When endangered, the Orange-Lined Triggerfish wedges himself into a hole in the reef by flying the huge dorsal spinal column on his head. The Orange-Lined Triggerfish locks this into place with a second, smaller spine behind it. Only the fish himself can unlock his fins when wedged this way. The Orange-Lined Triggerfish make pig-like grunting sounds when danger is near. Their strong teeth allow them to eat tough food like mollusks and sea urchins.
The fundamental dorsal fin possesses three spines, one of which is lengthier and more muscular. It is straight as well as it is reserved in a dorsal furrow at rest. Another dorsal fin is comparable in shape as well as in size to the anal fin, which is proportionally opposed to it. The pelvic fin is concentrated to a ventral protrusion.
The body figure of the Orange-Lined Triggerfish is dark green with orange stripes. The male misses the lines on his muzzle as he develops. There is a dark blemish on the caudal peduncle, while the caudal fin is orange. It is extensively distributed all over the humid and subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean as well as the western Pacific. The Orange-Lined Triggerfish dwells on the coral ridges, lagoons as well as external bank slopes at lowest points of up to 50 meters.
This Orange-Lined Triggerfish is solitary, day time, as well as defensive. It can be antagonistic with other fish. The Orange-Lined Triggerfish initiates its first dorsal bristle to scare opponents as well as its predators. Generally this fish is violent towards other fish, specifically other Triggerfish. The Orange-Lined Triggerfish possesses a strong defensive nature. It lays eggs as one collection in trivial diggings on sand or rubble along channels.