Fish Identification: Black Triggerfish

Black triggerfish are also known as black durgon, but should not be confused with their close relatives the Indian Triggerfish and the Black-finned Triggerfish.

Physical description

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Black durgon average about 12 inches in length, but can grow as large as 14 inches.

They have the common triggerfish body shape: oval with soft dorsal and anal fins of equal size. Both fins are white at the base, while the rest of the black triggerfish appears black. I say appears, because taken out of water and put under light, the fish is colored dark blue / blue-green.

Geography and habitat

Black triggerfish live in tropical waters across the entire globe. They are found in practically all depths.

The fish is also usually solitary.

Further reading

Animal Pictures Archive

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