Oct 222011

Just like people, fish come in many shapes, sizes and colors.  Some are small and delicate and choose to hide in crevices, corals or anemone. Others are large and powerful and swim unafraid through the open ocean.  Some fish have muted coloring, designed to provide cover in the form of camouflage.  While others wear a surreal explosion of color, often bearing a resemblance to the most imaginative of modern art canvases.

One of my favorite reef beauties is the Picasso Triggerfish, also known as the Lagoon Triggerfish, the Blackbar Triggerfish or by its Hawaiian name Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.  Dont’ worry, you can simply call her by her nickname – Humuhumu.

Picasso Triggerfish - Maldives

The Picasso Triggerfish is a reef fish that favors the sandy, shallow areas around a reef.

Her Stats

Average Size – 9-10 inches (25-30 cm)

Range – Pacific Ocean (Hawaii, Marquesas, Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Phillippines, China), East Indies, Indian Ocean, Red Sea

Feeds on – crabs, urchins, mollusks, fish, algae, worms; may also eat hard coral

Behavior – Can be territorial and protective, especially when guarding its eggs

Picasso Triggerfish - Maldives

What is your favorite reef fish?

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