Hawaiian Black Trigger (Melichthys indicus)
Family: Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Natural Range: Inidan and Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 98 ft. Size: 10 in. Jumps: No Space: 90+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Invertebrates - sponges, crustaceans; and algae
Natural History: The Hawaiian Black Trigger is normally found on coral-rich outer reef slopes. It is usually found singly, often digging beneath corals for shelter.
Husbandry: The Hawaiian Black Trigger is considered reef-safe, but all triggers are a chance on corals. It is an active swimmer and not shy. It will often not retreat when approached, especially by its owner. It will scratch acrylic with its teeth. It is strong enough to bite and move rocks to re-landscape an aquarium.
AKA: Indian Triggerfish, Black-finned Triggerfish
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