Fish Guide

Bluejaw Trigger (female)   (Xanthichthys auromarginatus)
Family: Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 26 to 492 ft.   Size: 12 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Easy   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Zooplankton - copepods
Natural History: The Bluejaw Trigger is usually found in small loose groups in heavy current near reef dropoffs. It frequents areas with strong current and invertebrates such as sea whips. Males have a blue throat patch and yellow fin margins that females lack.
Husbandry: Large Bluejaw Triggers may feed on ornamental invertebrates in captivity. It should be offered meaty foods and and macroscopic algae. It is not as aggressive as some of the triggers but they do become more bold with age. It is one of the few reef safe triggers. One male can be kept with 2 or more females in a tank. This species may be shy and reclusive when first introduced to a tank but will eventually need a large swimming space to properly acclimate. It also may spit out of the water into the tank hood.

AKA: Bluechin Triggerfish, Gilded Triggerfish, Blue-throat Triggerfish, Bluejaw Trigger

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