Pallid Triggerfish (species: Sufflamen bursa) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Sufflamen bursa
Pallid Triggerfish

©Lyle Vail: Sufflamen bursa at Ribbon Reef #10 near Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Tetraodontiformes
Family Balistidae
Genus Sufflamen
Species Sufflamen bursa



Distinguishing features

Two yellow bars forming a curve V-shape with the vertex near base of pectoral fin; a thin white stripe from mouth defines paler belly and chin area.


  • Up to 24 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Bray, R.A. and T.H. Cribb (1996). The Australian species of Lobatocreadium Madhavi, 1972, Hypocreadium Ozaki, 1936 and Dermadena Manter, 1945 (Digenea: Lepocreadiidae), parasites of marine tetraodontiform fishes, Systematic Parasitology, 35: 217-236. LIRS catalog number 1007.
  • 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.