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 Triggerfishes of the Genus Sufflamen

Bob Fenner

Sufflamen albicaudatus


Triggerfishes for  Marine Aquariums

Diversity, Selection & Care

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The genus Sufflamen: five species.

The genus Sufflamen has the mellowest Triggerfish species; they may even leave your damsels alone.  Most grow to about a foot maximum in length

Bluethroat or Whitetail Trigger, Sufflamen albicaudatus (Ruppell 1829). Western Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman. A beauty and peaceful as triggers go. Have even seen this species kept in reef systems. To eight inches in length. Female and male in the Red Sea pictured.

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Most commonly offered are the Sickle, Lei or my favorite, Boomerang Triggerfish, Sufflamen bursa (Bloch & Schneider 1801), (mainly out of Hawai'i), an adult there shown and a smaller (four inch) individual in the Cooks.

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More rarely, and very similar to the Whitetail, you may find the Indo-Pacific Halfmoon or Whitetip Trigger, Sufflamen chrysopterus (Bloch & Schneider 1801). Fiji juvenile of about two inch length and aquarium and Maldives and N. Sulawesi photographs. Note the discontinuous white border on the tail.

   
   
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Sufflamen fraenatus (Latreille 1804), the Masked Triggerfish. Indo-Pacific east African coast, out to Hawai'i, where this specimen is at right, and one in Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, Polynesia. To fifteen inches in length.

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The Orangeside Trigger, Suffflamen verres (Gilbert & Starks 1904). Tropical eastern Pacific, Mexico's Baja to Ecuador and the Galapagos. To sixteen inches in length. Right: One in the Mar de Cortez, another a bit mas al sur in Los Galapagos. Below, a beauty in Costa Rica (Pacific side).

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Triggerfishes for  Marine Aquariums

Diversity, Selection & Care

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by Robert (Bob) Fenner

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