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Rhinecanthus aculeatus

(Linnaeus 1758)

Rhinecanthus aculeatus was originally described as Balistes aculeatus by Linnaeus in 1758. It belongs to the family Balistidae. It is commonly known as White-banded triggerfish but has many other common names such as Lagoon triggerfish in Australia, Murasamemongara in Japan, Whitebarred triggerfish in Papua New Guinea, Ampapagot in Philippines, Blackbar triggerfish in South Africa, Swartbalk-snellervis in South Africa. more common names It is found in Salt water.
Species   aculeatus
AuthorWI   Linnaeus [C.]
AuthorNI   Linnaeus
Qualification   ---
Year   1758
Status   Valid
Osteichthyes Osteichthyes
Tetraodontiformes Tetraodontiformes
Family   Balistidae
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Genus   Rhinecanthus
Subgenus   ---

Class   Osteichthyes
Order   Tetraodontiformes
Family   Balistidae
Genus   Rhinecanthus
Original Name   Balistes        
Taxon Name   aculeatus
Original Combination   Balistes aculeatus
Original Genus  
Original Genus Species   Balistes aculeatus
OriginalSubGenus   Balistes
Original Author   Linnaeus
Original AuthorWI   Linnaeus [C.]
Original Qualification   ---
Original Year   1758
Original Family  
Original SubFamily   ---
Original Level   species
Type Locality   Indo-West Pacific.
Primary Code   ---
Primary Type   No types known
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SubSpecies AuthorWI ---
Qualification SS ---

Current Subspecies AuthorWI ---

Current Genus Species Rhinecanthus aculeatus
Current Species aculeatus
Current Genus Rhinecanthus
Current AuthorWI Linnaeus [C.]
Current AuthorNI Linnaeus
Current Year 1758
Current Family Balistidae
Current Subfamily
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Habitat Marine.        
Water Salt water
Habitat Notes Blackbar triggerfish.
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Attains 30 cm. One of the most striking triggerfishes. The main colour features are a number of diagonal bluish-white bars on the rear of the lower body; a distinctive yellow "bridle" pattern extending from mouth to below pectoral base and enclosing a blue line at base of upper lip. Three horizontal rows of black forward curving spines on caudal peduncle, the upper two rows longer than the lower row. Caudal fin slightly rounded to double emarginate. Body white with large blackish area over much of the side of the body containing four diagonal bluish white bands from midside to anal fin. Four blue
lines across interorbital and three from eye to pectoral base. Inhabits reef flats and shallow lagoons over sandy areas with rubble in 1 - 20 metres. Very territorial and when breeding defends its 'nest' on the sand very aggressively. Mostly solitary tending to dart into a crevice or hole when approached. Sleeps on its side at night and makes a whirring noise when startled. Omnivorous; feeds on algae, detritus, molluscs, worms heart urchins, corals, tunicates, foraminifera and small fishes. Indo-Pacific south to Algoa Bay in South Africa.
Depth Range From 0 to 50 meters.

Current Summary   Valid as Rhinecanthus aculeatus  (Linnaeus 1758). Balistidae.
Name History   •Valid as Rhinecanthus aculeatus (Linnaeus 1758) -- (Matsuura in Masuda et al. 1984:358 [ref. 6441], Smith & Heemstra 1986:880 [ref. 5714], Allen & Swainston 1988:150 [ref. 25477], Matsuura & Shiobara 1989:317 [ref. 13563], Winterbottom et al. 1989:68 [ref. 13251], Randall et al. 1990:455 [ref. 15987], Harmelin-Vivien & Quéro 1990:1060 [ref. 19527], Kuiter 1993:395 [ref. 23929], Francis 1993:168 [ref. 25479], Allen 1997:238 [ref. 23977], Chen et al. 1997:180 [ref. 26476], Kuiter 1997:386 [ref. 25488], Randall et al. 1997:455 [ref. 25919], Randall & Mundy 1998:331 [ref. 24063], Myers 1999:282 [ref. 23965], Fricke 1999:583 [ref. 24106], Randall 1999:30 [ref. 25829], Matsuura in Randall & Lim 2000:647 [ref. 25122], Nakabo 2000:1400 [ref. 25182], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:456 [ref. 25191], Randall & Earle 2000:22 [ref. 25806], Allen 2000:124 [ref. 25868], Hutchins 2001:47 [ref. 25847], Matsuura 2001:3925 [ref. 26315], Nakabo 2002:1400 [ref. 26193], Choi et al. 2003:447, 691 [ref. 26218], Allen & Adrim 2003:64 [ref. 26830], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S123 [ref. 27377], Myers & Donaldson 2003:649 [ref. 27495], Lobel & Lobel 2004:77 [ref. 27576], Randall et al. 2004:31 [ref. 27624], Heemstra et al. 2004:3331 [ref. 27945], Heemstra & Heemstra 2004:442 [ref. 28072], Randall 2005:626 [ref. 28239], Mundy 2005:525 [ref. 28379], Allen et al. 2006:1874 [ref. 29098], Randall 2007:471 [ref. 30952], Fricke et al. 2009:117 [ref. 30213], Motomura et al. 2010:233 [ref. 31256], Allen & Erdmann 2012:1065 [ref. 31980], Fricke et al. 2013:272 [ref. 32706], Wirtz et al. 2013:136 [ref. 32972], Matsuura 2014:7 [ref. 33576], Delrieu-Trottin et al. 2015:8 [ref. 33988], Koeda et al. 2016:111 [ref. 35333], Koeda et al. 2016:18 [ref. 35354], Fowler et al. 2017:[4] 2252 [ref. 36358], Fricke et al. 2018:378 [ref. 35805], Arndt & Fricke 2019:11 [ref. 36883], Fricke et al. 2019:323 [ref. 36673]).

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abyssus Rhinecanthus abyssus Matsuura [K.] & Shiobara [Y.] 1989Valid
aculeatus aculeatus Rhinecanthus aculeatus aculeatus (Linnaeus [C.] 1758)Synonym
assasi Rhinecanthus assasi (Fabricius [J. C.] 1775)Valid
cheverti Rhinecanthus cheverti (Alleyne [H. G.] & Macleay [W.] 1877)Synonym
cinereus Rhinecanthus cinereus (Bonnaterre [J. P.] (ex Sonnerat) 1788)Valid
echarpe Rhinecanthus echarpe (Anonymous [Lacepède [B. G. E.]] 1798)Synonym
heteracanthus Rhinecanthus heteracanthus (Bleeker [P.] 1859)Synonym
lunula Rhinecanthus lunula Randall [J. E.] & Steene [R. C.] 1983Valid
ornatissimus Rhinecanthus ornatissimus (Lesson [R. P.] 1831)Synonym
rectangularis Rhinecanthus rectangularis Anonymous [Lacepède [B. G. E.]] 1798Synonym
rectangulus Rhinecanthus rectangulus (Bloch [M. E.] & Schneider [J. G.] (ex Lacepède & Commerson) 1801)Valid
verrucosa Rhinecanthus verrucosa (Linnaeus [C.] 1758)Synonym
verrucosus Rhinecanthus verrucosus (Linnaeus [C.] 1758)Valid
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