Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Tetraodontiformes > Balistidae > Balistes > Balistes polylepis

Balistes polylepis (Finescale triggerfish; Finscale triggerfish)

Synonyms: Balistes polylepis rubicundus; Pseudobalistes polylepis; Verrunculus polylepis
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Rio Colorado Biosphere Reserve VI 2320468 Sonora, Mexico  
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  


Prey / Diet

Chama echinata[1]
Echinometra vanbrunti[1]
Eucidaris thouarsii[1]
Pachygrapsus transversus (mottled shore crab)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Arothron hispidus (poison puffer)1
Bodianus diplotaenia (Pacific hogfish)2
Diodon hystrix (Ajargo)4
Lutjanus griseus (Snapper)1
Pseudobalistes naufragium (Stone triggerfish)1


Kajikia audax (Stripey)[2]
Makaira mazara (black spearfish)[3]



California Current; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Eastern Pacific: San Francisco, California, USA to Callao, Peru, including the Galapagos Islands.; Ecuador; El Salvador; Galapagos Islands; Guatemala; Gulf of California; Hawaii (USA); Honduras; Humboldt Current; Mexico; Nicaragua; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; Pacific, Southeast; Panama; Peru; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Southwest Chilean Waters; USA (contiguous states);

External References



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1A test of the Menge-Sutherland model of community organization in a tropical rocky intertidal food web, Bruce A. Menge, Jane Lubchenco, Stephen D. Gaines, Linda R. Ashkenas, Oecologia (Berlin) (1986) 71: 75-89
2Food habits and energy values of prey of striped marlin, Tetrapturus audax, off the coast of Mexico, Leonardo A. Abitia-Cardenas, Felipe Galvan-Magaña, Jesus Rodriguez-Romero, Fishery Bulletin 95(2). 1997, p. 360-368
3Jorrit 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.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London