Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes
(Puffers and filefishes) > Balistidae
Etymology: Abalistes: Greek, a = without + Greek, ballo = to throw (Ref. 45335); filamentosus: Named for the filamentous rays in its caudal fin.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 61 - 180 m (Ref. 54835). Subtropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 32.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54835); 24.3 cm SL (female); max. published weight: 1.4 kg (Ref. 85123)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 22 - 25. Diagnosis: Dorsal rays III, 25-27; anal rays 22-25; pectoral rays 14-15 (usually 14). Body scale rows 33-39; head scale rows 25-32. Upper and lower rays of caudal fin greatly produced in filaments. Cheek with 3 or 4 longitudinal grooves. Proximal part of spinous dorsal fin dark brown; no yellow/pale blue spots or yellow reticulations on the body; ground color of body dark brown dorsally, mottled with irregular pale markings, becoming white ventrally; cheek brown with greenish tinge (Ref. 54835).
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Indo-West Pacific: Ryukyu Islands to the Northwest Shelf of Australia, and the Timor Sea. Reported in New Caledonia.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Matsuura, K. and T. Yoshino, 2004. A new triggerfish of the genus Abalistes (Tetraodontiformes: Balistidae) from the Western Pacific. Rec. Aust. Mus. 56:189-194. (Ref. 54835)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02344 (0.01123 - 0.04892), b=2.96 (2.78 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (41 of 100) .