Gray Triggerfish: Balistes capriscus


  • Olive-gray in color with plate-like scales
  • Small mouth with chisel-like teeth used for crushing
  • Dorsal and anal fins marbled
  • Upper and lower lobes of tail elongated in large adults
  • Young have large dark spots on the back (sometimes persist in adults)

Similar Species: Other triggerfish

Size: Up to 17 inches


Hard-bottoms, reefs and ledges


Triggerfish can raise and lock their first dorsal spine; pressing down on the second dorsal spine acts as a trigger, unlocking the first spine.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 12lb 7oz

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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