Triggerfish

Triggerfish, a hard to catch rough leathery skinned fish with small toothed mouth that is known for its distinctive dorsal spine that has a groove and a pocket that the second dorsal wedges into forming a trigger when threatened. They are native to shallow reef systems and rocky bottom from North Carolina South throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. This sweet firm meat with unique texture is a great alternative to grouper and other meaty fishes.

Sub-species

  • Gray Triggerfish: (Balistes capriscus)
  • Most popular species in US Queen Triggerfish (Balistes vetula)
  • Ocean Triggerfish (Canthidermis sufflamen)
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