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Melichthys niger (Pigger; Niggerfish; Niger head; Blackfish; Black triggerfish; Black oldwife; Black durgon; Black durgeon)

Synonyms: Balistes fuscolineatus; Balistes kib; Balistes kibitar; Balistes niger; Balistes piceus; Balistes radula; Balistes ringens; Balistes sillone; Melichthys bispinosus; Melichthys piceus; Melichthys radula; Melichthys ringens; Melicthys niger; Melicthys radula
Language: Afrikaans; Carolinian; Creole, French; Creole, Portuguese; Danish; French; Fwi; Fwâi; German; Hawaiian; Japanese; Kiribati; Mahl; Malay; Malayalam; Mandarin Chinese; Other; Papiamento; Polish; Portuguese; Samoan; Spanish; Tuamotuan; Visayan

Wikipedia Abstract

The black triggerfish or black durgon (Melichthys niger), called Humuhumu'ele'ele in Hawaiian, is a blimp-shaped triggerfish with bright white lines running along its dorsal and anal fins. When in the water, it appears to be completely black.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve VI 358906 Mexico    
Cayos Cochinos Archipelago National Park Natural Marine Monument   Honduras  
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun y Punta Nizuc National Park II 21428 Quintana Roo, Mexico    
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  
Saba Marine Park National Marine Park II 5573 Netherlands Antilles  

Prey / Diet

Acartia lilljeborgii[1]
Acartia spinata[1]
Acartia tonsa[1]
Brachyscelus crusculum[1]
Centropages furcatus[1]
Corycaeus amazonicus[1]
Corycaeus subulatus[1]
Domecia acanthophora (elkhorn coral crab)[1]
Euchaeta marina[1]
Eurydice littoralis[1]
Euterpina acutifrons[1]
Farranula gracilis[1]
Flaccisagitta enflata[1]
Fritillaria haplostoma[1]
Garthiope barbadensis (prickly mud crab)[1]
Glossocephalus milneedwardsi[1]
Hexapanopeus caribbaeus (Caribbean mud crab)[1]
Krohnitta subtilis[1]
Labidocera acutifrons[1]
Lestrigonus bengalensis[1]
Micropanope nuttingi (beaded mud crab)[1]
Microphrys antillensis (lobed decorator crab)[1]
Microphrys bicornutus (speck-claw decorator crab)[1]
Microsetella rosea[1]
Mithraculus cinctimanus (banded clinging crab)[1]
Mithraculus ruber[1]
Mithraculus sculptus (green clinging crab)[1]
Mithrax aculeatus[1]
Mithrax hemphilli[1]
Mithrax holderi[1]
Mithrax spinosissimus (channel clinging crab)[1]
Mithrax verrucosus (paved clinging crab)[1]
Oikopleura dioica[1]
Oikopleura longicauda[1]
Oithona colcarva[1]
Oithona nana[1]
Oithona oculata[1]
Oithona plumifera[1]
Oithona simplex[1]
Oncaea mediterranea[1]
Oncaea venusta[1]
Pachycheles riisei (Riise porcelain crab)[1]
Pachygrapsus transversus (mottled shore crab)[1]
Paguristes cadenati (red reef hermit)[1]
Paguristes grayi (Gray's hermit crab)[1]
Paguristes tortugae (bandeye hermit)[1]
Paracalanus aculeatus[1]
Paracalanus crassirostris[1]
Paracalanus parvus[1]
Paraliomera dispar (black coral crab)[1]
Paraliomera longimana (longarm coral crab)[1]
Parapinnixa bouvieri[1]
Parapinnixa hendersoni[1]
Penilia avirostris[1]
Periclimenes pedersoni (Pederson cleaner shrimp)[1]
Petrolisthes galathinus (banded porcelain crab)[1]
Petrolisthes jugosus (redwhite porcelain crab)[1]
Pilumnus diomedeae[1]
Pilumnus gemmatus (tuberculate hairy crab)[1]
Pilumnus holosericus (roseate hairy crab)[1]
Pilumnus lacteus (velvet hairy crab)[1]
Pilumnus longleyi (studded hairy crab)[1]
Pilumnus marshi (quadrate hairy crab)[1]
Pilumnus pannosus (beaded hairy crab)[1]
Pilumnus reticulatus[1]
Pilumnus sayi (spineback hairy crab)[1]
Serratosagitta serratodentata[1]
Stenorhynchus seticornis (yellowline arrow crab)[1]
Undinula vulgaris[1]

Predators

Carcharhinus perezii (Caribbean reef shark)[1]
Lutjanus jocu (Snuggletooth snapper)[1]
Rhizoprionodon porosus (Snook shark)[1]
Seriola dumerili (Yellow tail)[1]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Hysterothylacium melichthysi <Unverified Name>[2]
Neobenedenia melleni[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
Blank Park Zoo of Des Moines
Indianapolis Zoo
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Rotterdam Zoo
Toledo Zoological Gardens

Distribution

Agulhas Current; American Samoa; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Ascension Island; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Brazil; California Current; Canary Current; Cape Verde; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Chagos Islands; Christmas Island (Aust.); Circumtropical. Western Pacific: Ryukyu and Ogasawara islands eastward to the Tuamoto Islands. Eastern Pacific: San Diego, California, USA to Malpelo Island, Colombia (Ref. 9276). Western Atlantic: Florida, USA and Bahamas to Brazil (Ref. 7251). Ab; Circumtropical. Western Pacific: Ryukyu and Ogasawara islands eastward to the Tuamoto Islands. Eastern Pacific: San Diego, California, USA to Malpelo Island, Colombia (Ref. 9276). Western Atlantic: Florida, USA and Bahamas to Brazil (Ref. 7251). Absent in Gulf of Mexico (Ref. 26938). Eastern Atlantic: St. Paul's Rocks (13121), St. Helena, Ascension Island, Rolas Island, and Cape Verde (Ref. 7348). São Tomé Island (Ref. 34088). Western Indian Ocean: Durban, Natal, South Africa (Ref. 4420). Uncommon in most areas but abundant around isolated oceanic islands (Ref. 9710).; Clipperton Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cocos I. Costa Rica; Colombia; Cook Islands; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Discovery Bay; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; El Salvador; French Guiana; Galapagos Islands; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guam; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Hawaii (USA); Honduras; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indonesia; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Jamaica; Japan; Kuroshio Current; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Martinique; Mexico; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Montserrat; Mozambique; Nicaragua; Niue; North Australian Shelf; North Brazil Shelf; North Marianas; Ogasawara Islands; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Panama; Panay Gulf; Papua New Guinea; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Puerto Rico; Revillagigedo; Ryukyu Islands; Réunion; Saint Helena; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Paul's Rocks; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tomé and Principe; Seychelles; Somalia; South Africa; South Brazil Shelf; South China Sea; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Sri Lanka; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Suriname; Trindade Island; Trinidad and Tobago; Tuamoto Islands; Tubbataha Reefs; Turks and Caicos Is.; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK); Wake Island;

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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