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Balistes vetula (Turbot; Triggerfish; Queen triggerfish; Ol'wife; Old wife)

Synonyms: Balistes bellus; Balistes equestris; Balistes vetula trinitatis
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Wikipedia Abstract

Balistes vetula, the queen triggerfish or old wife, is a reef dwelling triggerfish found in the Atlantic Ocean. It is occasionally caught as a gamefish, and sometimes kept in marine aquaria.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve VI 358906 Mexico    
Cayos Cochinos Archipelago National Park Natural Marine Monument   Honduras  
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Parque Marino Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano National Park II 129688 Mexico      
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  
Saba Marine Park National Marine Park II 5573 Netherlands Antilles  
Seaflower Marine Protected Area 15125514 Colombia      

Prey / Diet

Arca zebra (turkey wing)[1]
Atrina rigida (stiff penshell)[1]
Barbatia domingensis (white miniature ark)[1]
Chama sarda (cherry jewelbox)[1]
Dardanus venosus (stareye hermit)[1]
Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin)[1]
Echinometra viridis (Green boring reef urchin)[1]
Eucidaris tribuloides (slate pencil urchin)[1]
Isognomon radiatus (lister purse-oyster)[1]
Leiosolenus bisulcatus (mahogany datemussel)[1]
Lobatus gigas (pink or queen conch)[2]
Mitrella longissima (West Indian dovesnail)[1]
Tegula fasciata (silky tegula)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aetobatus narinari (White-spotted eagle ray)1
Amphichthys cryptocentrus (Sapo bocon)1
Anisotremus surinamensis (Thicklip grunt)2
Anisotremus virginicus (Porkfish)1
Bodianus rufus (Spanish hogfish)3
Calamus bajonado (Jolthead porgy)1
Calamus calamus (Sugereye porgy)2
Calamus pennatula (Sheepshead porgy)1
Canthidermis sufflamen (Filefish)1
Canthigaster rostrata (Sharpnose pufferfish)1
Caretta caretta (Loggerhead)1
Cephalopholis cruentata (Grouper)1
Diodon hystrix (Ajargo)4
Epinephelus striatus (White grouper)2
Galeocerdo cuvier (Tiger-shark)1
Haemulon carbonarium (Redmouth grunt)1
Haemulon macrostomum (Spanish grunt)1
Haemulon plumierii (White snapper)2
Haemulon sciurus (Yellow grunt)2
Halichoeres bivittatus (Slippery dick)1
Halichoeres poeyi (Black-ear wrasse)1
Halichoeres radiatus (Puddingwife wrasse)5
Lachnolaimus maximus (Hogftsh)1
Lactophrys bicaudalis (Trunkfish)1
Lutjanus analis (Virgin snapper)1
Lutjanus griseus (Snapper)1
Lutjanus jocu (Snuggletooth snapper)1
Ocyurus chrysurus (Yellowtail snapper)1
Prognathodes aculeatus (Poey's butterflyfish)1
Sanopus barbatus (Bearded toadfish)1
Sphoeroides spengleri (Puffer)1
Stegastes fuscus (dusky damselfish)1
Thalassoma bifasciatum (Tikitiki)1
Trachinotus falcatus (Yellow-wax pompano)4

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Apocreadium balistis[3]
Apocreadium mexicanum <Unverified Name>[3]
Apocreadium uroproctiferum <Unverified Name>[3]
Homalometron balistis[3]
Homalometron mexicanum[3]
Hypocreadium lamelliforme[3]
Lepidapedoides truncatum <Unverified Name>[3]
Lepidapedon truncatum <Unverified Name>[3]
Neoapocreadium coili[3]
Neoapocreadium viguerasi[3]
Neobenedenia melleni[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

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Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Acquario di Genova
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
Florida Aquarium
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Randers Regnskov
Universeum Science Center
Wonders of Wildlife Museum

Distribution

Angola; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Ascension Island; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Azores Islands; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Benguela Current; Bermuda; Brazil; Canada; Canary Current; Cape Verde; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Discovery Bay; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; Eastern Atlantic: Ascension, Cape Verde, and Azores (Ref. 7348); ranges south to southern Angola (Ref. 4420). Western Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951) to Massachusetts, USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to southeastern Brazil (Ref. 7251).; Equatorial Guinea; French Guiana; Gambia; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea Current; Guinea-Bissau; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; India; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Jamaica; Martinique; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mexico; Montserrat; Morocco; Netherlands Antilles; Nicaragua; North Brazil Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Panama; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Suriname; Trindade Island; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Is.; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK);

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
2Queen Conch Predators: Not a Roadblock to Mariculture, Darryl E. Jory and Edwin S. Iversen, Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 35:108-111. (1983)
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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