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Scientific Name:Rhinecanthus assasi

Common Names:Assasi Triggerfish, Arabian Picasso Triggerfish, Picasso Triggerfish, Red Sea Picasso Triggerfish,

Inhabits shallow sandy and rubble areas of coral reefs. Juveniles are commonly found on reef flats. Feeds on benthic invertebrates. Caught with artisanal gear, mainly pots.

Origin: Indian Ocean, Red Sea 
Max Size: 12 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

Feed the Assasi Triggerfish a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times per day. This diet should include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Xanthichthys auromarginatus

Common Names:Blue Jaw Triggerfish Female, Bluechin Triggerfish, Blue Throat Triggerfish , Gilded Triggerfish

Occur in upper margins of current-swept seaward drop-offs and ledges. Current-prone and with rich invertebrate growth such as seawhips. Usually found at moderate depths over 20 meters and occuring in small loose groups. Benthopelagic. Form loose aggregations a few meters above the bottom where it feeds on zooplankton, particularly copepods. Oviparous. Also taken by drive-in nets.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Hawaii 
Max Size: 12 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Blue Jaw Triggerfish is a safest fish to feed and take care when feeding as it often causes accidental biting. Offer a diet rich in meaty crustacean and fish flesh 2-3 times per day. These diets must contain squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Pseudobalistes fuscus

Common Names:Blueline Triggerfish, Blue Triggerfish, Blue and Gold Triggerfish, Rippled Triggerfish, Yellowspotted Triggerfish

Occur in clear shallow lagoons and seaward reefs; sandy areas near reef patches of reef edge are preferred. Adults on deep reefs or with shipwrecks, usually deeper than 30 meters. Juveniles inshore on rubble reef or small outcrops on open substrate. Feed on sea urchins, crustaceans, mollusks, dead fish, tunicates or corals. Oviparous. Monogamous. Also caught with drive-in nets. Marketed fresh and dried-salted.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Africa, Australia 
Max Size: 22 "
Recommended Tank: 150 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

Feed the Blueline Triggerfish a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times per day. This diet should include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Xanthichthys mento x Xanthichthys lineopunctatus

Common Names:Bluelined Crosshatch Hybrid Trigger, Bluelined Crosshatch Trigger Hybrid, Crosshatch Trigger Hybrid, Bluelined Trigger Hybrid, Gold Back Trigger Hybrid, Gold Back Crosshatch Tigger Hybrid

A rare species that occurs in offshore reefs, often seen well above the bottom. Also taken by drive-in nets. Oviparous.

Origin: Christmas Islands 
Max Size: "
Recommended Tank: 200 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Bluelined Crosshatch Triggerfish consume a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times a day. This diet must include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp in order to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Rhinecanthus verrucosus

Common Names:Bursa Triggerfish, Black Patch Triggerfish, Blackbelly Triggerfish

Inhabit subtidal reef flats and protected lagoons. Found mainly in rubble-algal habitat and usually in loose aggregations. Sometimes solitary. Shy species, usually swimming away or when small, diving into holes. Oviparous. Also taken by drive-in nets.

Origin: Coral Sea, Tahiti, Indo-Pacific 
Max Size: 9 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

Meaty foods such as squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp will help the Bursa Triggerfish to wear down their ever growing teeth. It is best to offer 2-3 times daily. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Balistoides conspicillum

Common Names:Clown Triggerfish, Big Spotted Triggerfish

Lives in clear coastal to outer reef habitats. Occurs in clear seaward reefs adjacent to steep drop-offs. A solitary species. Uncommon to rare throughout most of its range. Adults usually seen along deep drop-offs, swimming about openly and may retreat to caves when approached. Juveniles secretive in small caves with rich invertebrate growth. Diet consists of sea urchins, crabs and other crustaceans, mollusks, and tunicates. Marketed fresh. Among the most highly prized aquarium fishes.

Origin: Coral Sea, Christmas Island, Indo-Pacific 
Max Size: 20 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The Clown Triggerfish is a safest fish to feed and take care when feeding as it often causes accidental biting. Offer a diet rich in meaty crustacean and fish flesh 2-3 times per day. These diets must contain squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Xanthichthys mento

Common Names:Crosshatch Triggerfish Female, Blue Cheekline Triggerfis, Redtail Triggerfish

Found mainly around oceanic islands and near reefs along the continental coasts. Found in schools in seaward reefs above drop-offs. Benthopelagic. Feeds on zooplanktons.

Origin: Hawaii 
Max Size: 11.5 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Crosshatch Triggerfish consume a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times a day. This diet must include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp in order to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Xanthichthys caeruleolineatus

Common Names:Gold Back Triggerfish, Golden Back Triggerfish, Bluelined Triggerfish

Occurs in deep seaward reefs. One collection outside Micronesia was made at 15 m. Benthopelagic. Feeds on zooplanktons. Exhibits sexual dimorphism. Taken occasionally by bottom fishing. Marketed fresh.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Indian Ocean, Hawaii 
Max Size: 14 "
Recommended Tank: 200 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Gold Back Triggerfish consume a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times a day. This diet must include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp in order to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Balistes punctatus

Common Names:Golden Heart Triggerfish, Bluespotted Triggerfish

Found over sand and rock bottoms of coastal waters. Feeds on crabs and bivalves.

Origin: Africa 
Max Size: 24 "
Recommended Tank: 150 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Golden Heart Triggerfish should include a variety of meaty foods such as squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Sufflamen chrysopterum

Common Names:Halfmoon Triggerfish, Whitetip Triggerfish, Whitetail Triggerfish

Inhabit coastal to outer reefs. Habitats from silty lagoons to pristine outer reef walls. Occur in shallow lagoon and seaward reefs. Solitary and territorial. Feed on a wide variety of invertebrates. Also taken by drive-in nets. Oviparous. Monogamous.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Africa, Fiji 
Max Size: 12 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The Halfmoon Triggerfish consume a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times a day. This diet must include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp in order to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Melichthys niger

Common Names:Hawaiian Black Triggerfish, Black-Finned Triggerfish, Indian Triggerfish

Inhabit clear seaward reefs. More common around oceanic islands. Found on inner and outer reef crests, usually near the slope or drop-off to deeper water, where in small but loose aggregations. Sometimes swim high above substrate feeding on zooplankton. Benthopelagic. Diet consists primarily of calcareous algae and zooplankton; also feed on phytoplankton. At Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, southeast Atlantic, groups of about 100 individuals join groups of spinner dolphins to feed on feces and vomits of the cetaceans when they congregate in a shallow bay for rest and social interactions. The postures a dolphin adopts prior to defecating or vomiting are recognized, and the fish begin to converge to the dolphin shortly before the actual voiding. Offal feeding may be regarded as a simple behavioral shift from plankton feeding to drifting offal picking. Marketed fresh.

Origin: Hawaii 
Max Size: 20 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Hawaiian Black Triggerfish requires a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times per day. This diet should include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Rhinecanthus aculeatus

Common Names:Humu Triggerfish, Humuhumu Triggerfish, Humu Picasso Triggerfish, Picasso Triggerfish,

Commonly found in subtidal reef flats and shallow protected lagoons. Benthopelagic. Juveniles secretive with rubble patches, adults swim about openly but are usually shy. Territorial. Feed on algae, detritus, mollusks, crustaceans, worms, sea urchins, fishes, corals, tunicates, forams, and eggs. Oviparous. Sleep on its side; makes a whirring noise when alarmed. Also caught with drive-in nets and is considered a popular aquarium fish.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Africa, Hawaii, Fiji 
Max Size: 12 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Humu Triggerfish requires a varied diet of meaty foods. This diet should consist of squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Melichthys indicus

Common Names:Indian Black Triggerfish, Black-Finned Triggerfish, Black Triggerfish, "Hawaiian Black Triggerfish", Indian Triggerfish

Inhabits coral-rich seaward reef slopes. Occurs singly. Digs holes below coral bases for shelter. Feeds on sponges, algae, crustaceans and small invertebrates. Caught with artisanal gear. Minimum depth from.

Origin: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific 
Max Size: 10 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Indian Black Triggerfish should include a variety of meaty foods such as squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Sufflamen bursa

Common Names:Lei Triggerfish, Black Patch Triggerfish, Blackbelly Triggerfish, Bursa Triggerfish, Boomerang Triggerfish, Scythe Triggerfish

Inhabit clear inner and outer reef habitats from exposed algae reef flats to deep along drop-offs. Occur in seaward reefs below the surge zone. Benthopelagic. Feed on crabs, bivalves, gastropods, algae, echinoids, tunicates, worms, eggs, and detritus. Oviparous. Also taken by drive-in nets.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Hawaii, Australia 
Max Size: 10 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The Lei Triggerfish consume a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times a day. This diet must include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp in order to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Rhinecanthus lunula

Common Names:Lunula Triggerfish, Crescent Triggerfish, Halfmoon Triggerfish

A rare species that lives in outer reef areas. Feeds on fishes, benthic invertebrates, algae and organic matter.

Origin: Australia, Fiji 
Max Size: 11 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

Meaty foods such as squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp will help the Lunula Triggerfish to wear down their ever growing teeth. It is best to offer 2-3 times daily. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Odonus niger

Common Names:Niger Triggerfish, Redtooth Triggerfish

Inhabits reef channels or along slopes that are subject to strong currents. Occur in current-swept seaward coral reefs. Usually form aggregations and feed on zooplankton as well as sponges. Juveniles associated with isolated patches of rubble or crevices with proper-sized shelter holes. Oviparous. Form large schools to feed on zooplankton. Also taken by drive-in nets. Marketed fresh or dried-salted. Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 30874. Popular aquarium fish.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Australia 
Max Size: 20 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Niger Triggerfish requires a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times per day. This diet should include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Sufflamen verres

Common Names:Orangesided Triggerfish, Brown Triggerfish, Orange Side Triggerfish, Orange Belly Triggerfish

Common around rocky reefs and along continental coasts. Feeds on sea urchins, small crustaceans and mollusks, often blowing into sand to uncover prey or turn over urchins.

Origin: Mexico, Central American Pacific Coast 
Max Size: 15 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The Orangesided Triggerfish consume a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times a day. This diet must include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp in order to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus

Common Names:Pineapple Triggerfish, Face Triggerfish, Yellowmargin Triggerfish

Inhabits coastal to inner reefs and estuaries, often in silty habitats. Found on lagoon slope and floor, also coral reefs. Generally solitary or in pairs. Young form small aggregations when common while adults are usually seen solitary, except when nesting and males congregate on certain sand flats adjacent to reefs. Feeds on tips of coral branches, gastropods, crustaceans, foraminiferans, and tunicates and also on sea urchins. Oviparous. Nest-guarding females are aggressive. Also caught with drive-in nets. Marketed fresh and dried-salted. Ciguatoxic in certain areas.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Africa 
Max Size: 24 "
Recommended Tank: 150 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Pineapple Triggerfish requires a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times per day. This diet should include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Melichthys vidua

Common Names:Pinktail Triggerfish,

Occur in seaward reefs to depths greater than 60 m, with rich invertebrate growth. Common in coral-rich areas exposed to currents. Usually at moderate depths in small loose groups. Benthopelagic. Diet consists mainly of algae and detritus but also takes in crustaceans, octopuses, sponges, and fishes. Oviparous. Also taken with drive-in nets. Marketed fresh.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Hawaii, Australia 
Max Size: 16 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Pinktail Triggerfish requires a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times per day. This diet should include squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Balistes vetula

Common Names:Queen Triggerfish,

Found over rocky or coral areas. May form schools, sometimes solitary over sand and grassy areas. Feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates. It preys on sea urchins by blowing water to overturn it and then attacks it where the spines are short. Excellent food fish but occasionally can cause intoxication due to the liver.

Origin: Caribbean 
Max Size: 24 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

In the aquarium the Queen Triggerfish mostly feed on any crustacean. It requires a diet variety of meaty foods consisting squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Rhinecanthus rectangulus

Common Names:Rectangle Triggerfish, Humu Rectangle Triggerfish, Rectangular Triggerfish, V-line Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, Wedge-tailed Triggerfish,

Occur in shallow outer reefs subject to surge. Commonly found over barren rock or the spur-and-groove zone where there is a mixture of bare rock, rubble, and coral. Juveniles on algae reef. Benthopelagic. Feed on algae, detritus, mollusks, crustaceans, worms, echinoderms, fishes, sponges, foraminiferans, and eggs. Territorial. Oviparous. Also taken by drive-in nets.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Africa 
Max Size: 12 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

Meaty foods such as squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp will help the Rectangle Triggerfish to wear down their ever growing teeth. It is best to offer 2-3 times daily. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Xanthichthys ringens

Common Names:Sargassum Triggerfish, Red Tail Triggerfish

Inhabits seaward reef slopes, usually well below 30 m, where in some places they are among the most common fish. Young live among floating Sargassum. Solitary or in small groups. Feeds on crabs and sea urchins. Spawns in deep water.

Origin: Western Atlantic 
Max Size: 10 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Sargassum Triggerfish consume a diet rich in meaty foods 2-3 times a day. This diet must include squid, krill, clams, hervibore preparations, small fish and hard shelled shrimp in order to help wear down their ever growing teeth. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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Scientific Name:Abalistes stellatus

Common Names:Starry Triggerfish,

Inhabits mud and silt sand bottoms. Adults on deep coastal slopes and usually seen swimming high above the bottom, sometimes found in estuaries. Juveniles in sheltered coastal bays and estuaries with outcrops of rubble or debris on open substrates.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Africa, Indian Ocean 
Max Size: 23 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Starry Triggerfish should include a variety of meaty foods such as squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Balistoides viridescens

Common Names:Titan Triggerfish,

Occur in lagoon, seaward reefs and sheltered inner reef slopes. Juveniles often associated with isolated patches of branching coral or rubble of shallow sandy protected areas. Adults occur singly or in pairs on the slopes of deep lagoon or seaward reefs. Often hostile towards divers and may attack unprovoked when caring for eggs. Feed on sea urchins, coral, crabs and other crustaceans, mollusks and tube worms. Oviparous. Largest triggerfish; females are reported to have attacked divers when guarding their nest. Also caught with drive-in nets. Marketed fresh and dried-salted.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Tahiti 
Max Size: 30 "
Recommended Tank: 250 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Titan Triggerfish should include a variety of meaty foods such as squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Balistapus undulatus

Common Names:Undulate Triggerfish, Orangelined Triggerfish, Orangetailed Triggerfish

Occurs in coral-rich areas of deep lagoon and seaward reefs from the lower surge zone to at least 50 meters. Feeds on a variety of benthic organisms such as algae, echinoderms, fishes, mollusks, tunicates, sponges, and hydrozoans. Has a territorial nature. Eggs laid as one cluster in a shallow excavation on sand or rubble along channels. Marketed fresh and dried-salted.

Origin: Sri Lanka, Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Africa 
Max Size: 12 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Undulate Triggerfish should include a variety of meaty foods such as squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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Scientific Name:Sufflamen albicaudatum

Common Names:Whitetail Triggerfish, Bluethroat Triggerfish

Inhabits open bottoms with scattered corals or rubble.

Origin: Indian Ocean, Red Sea 
Max Size: 8.5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore

Meaty foods such as squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp will help the Whitetail Triggerfish to wear down their ever growing teeth. It is best to offer 2-3 times daily. It also consumes both frozen and flake preparation as well as marine algae.

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