Common Name: Triggerfish
Local Name: Papakol, Pakoy (Tagalog); Pugot, Tikos, Pakol (Bisaya)
Max Size: 60 cm
Biodiversity: Marine, Reef-Associated
Depth: 40 – 100 meters
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: None
Recommended Bait/Lures: Shrimp, crabs, other small crustaceans, sand worms
IUCN Red List Status Status: Not Evaluated (NE)
The Starry Triggerfish is yet another beautifully patterned triggerfish species found around the Philippines. This species is common around sandy and muddy bottoms along the coast as well as around reefs. These fish like other species of trigger fish make a good meal once you peal away their thick skin. The beautiful pattern on this species also makes it appealing as an aquarium fish.
This fish pictured above was caught by Steve while jigging around Cebu City.