White-tipped Triggerfish (Sufflamen chrysopterum)
Family: Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 98 ft. Size: 12 in. Jumps: No Space: 80+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Diet: Tunicates, molluscs, crustaceans, coral polyps, small fish, sea urchins
Natural History: The White-tipped Triggerfish is found on inner and outer coastal reefs, in lagoons and along reef walls. It is found on coral, rubble, and even silty substrates. It is generally observed singly and is considered to be territorial.
Husbandry: The White-tipped Triggerfish should be housed with other moderately-aggressive species of similar size. It is reported to eat nearly any aquarium offering. This trigger may bite power cords and damage them. Some individuals have reported success with the White-tipped Triggerfish in reef aquariums but this trigger does dine on coral polyps as part of its natural diet so strong caution is advised. This species is strong enough to move rocks. It is reported to make a grunting sound.
Reproduction: This species is reported to be monogamous.
AKA: Halfmoon Triggerfish
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