Redtooth triggerfish (species: Odonus niger) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Odonus niger
Redtooth triggerfish

©Lyle Vail: Odonus niger at Snake Pit near Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Tetraodontiformes
Family Balistidae
Genus Odonus
Species Odonus niger



Distinguishing features

A dark blue/purple triggerfish with a paler face and two dark blue lines between eye and mouth. Adults have a deeply lunate tail with long trailing lobes. And they do have red teeth!


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Rarely seen within the Lizard Island Group. Often seen at Snake Pit. 

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Humann, P. and N. Deloach (2010). Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

Other references

  • Curtis, L. (2010). Haemogregarine blood parasites in triggerfish and surgeonfish: distribution, transmission & implications for their host fish, PhD thesis, University of Queensland. LIRS catalog number 1620.