Triggerfish, X-ray

Triggerfish, X-ray

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Caption: Triggerfish, coloured X-ray. Triggerfish (family Balistidae) take their name from their sharp dorsal fin (pink/white, upper left). This modified fin can be locked in the erect position (as seen) to anchor the fish in crevices in rocks or coral. Triggerfish have a bird-like beak (white, centre left), which is used to crack open the shells of their prey. They feed predominantly on hard-shelled animals such as sea urchins, molluscs and crustaceans. There are many species of triggerfish, which are distributed in warm seas throughout the world.

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Keywords: anatomy, animal, balistidae, beak, body, bony fish, coloured, dorsal, fin, fins, lock, locking, marine, nature, ocean, pisces, radiography, sea, trigger, triggerfish, wildlife, x-ray, xray, zoology

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