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 Triggerfishes of the Genus Xanthichthys

By Bob Fenner

Xanthichthys ringens

Triggerfishes for  Marine Aquariums

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The genus Xanthichthys: five species.

Similar in easygoingness (is this a new word?) to Sufflamen triggers, the genus Xanthichthys includes desirably small species 

The Blue Throat or Gilded Triggerfish, Xanthichthys auromarginatus (Bennett 1832), true reef dwellers. Here is a female and a male off of Maui, Hawai'i. Indo-west Pacific. To about a foot total length.

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Xanthichthys caeruleolineatus Randall, Matsuura & Zama 1978, the Blue-Line Triggerfish. Indo-west Pacific. To thirteen inches. Aquarium image by Anthony C.

Xanthichthys lineopunctatus (Holland 1854), the Striped Triggerfish. Indo-west Pacific to Africa's east coast. To a foot in length.

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A more open ocean species, the Redtail or Crosshatch Triggerfish, Xanthichthys mento (Jordan & Gilbert 1882). Entire tropical Pacific. To a foot in length. A juvenile and a larger one in captivity and a school off of Socorro in the Eastern Pacific.

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The Blue Cheekline or Sargassum Xanthichthys ringens (Linnaeus 1758) from the Atlantic Triggers. These pelagics adapt more poorly to captivity than other trigger species. Tropical west Atlantic, North Carolina to Brazil. This one in the Bahamas.

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Triggerfishes for  Marine Aquariums

Diversity, Selection & Care

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New Print Book on Create Space: Available here


by Robert (Bob) Fenner

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