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Fish Species Guide
GRAY TRIGGERFISH - Balistes capriscus
Family Balistidae, LEATHERJACKETS
Description: entirely olive-gray; dorsal and anal fins marbled;
caudal fin lobes elongate in large adults; one or more
enlarged scales behind gill opening; 26 to 29 dorsal fin
rays; 23 to 26 anal fin rays.
Young: large darker saddles on back (these saddles
sometimes persit in adults); blue spots and short
blue lines in dorsal fin and on upper half of body,
becoming white below and in anal fin; upper rim
of eye blue.
Where found: hardbottom, reefs, ledges.