Pinktail Triggerfish (species: Melichthys vidua) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Melichthys vidua
Pinktail Triggerfish

©Anne Hoggett: Melichthys vidua near the outer reef crest at Day Reef near Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Melichthys vidua at Cod Hole near Lizard Island, attended by cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Tetraodontiformes
Family Balistidae
Genus Melichthys
Species Melichthys vidua



Distinguishing features

A dark, almost black, triggerfish with prominent whitish/transparent dorsal and anal fins edged with black; pectoral fins yellow; mouth area yellowish; tail white with a broad pink or pale grey margin.


  • 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: Uncommon

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1997). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea: Second edition Crawford House Publishing, Bathurst, NSW.