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Types of Triggerfish

Balistes​
Balistes​

The grey triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) is a ray-finned fish in the triggerfish family. The species is native to shallow parts of the western Atlantic from Nova ...

Black ​Triggerfish​
Black ​Triggerfish​

The black triggerfish or black durgon (Melichthys niger), called Humuhumu'ele'ele in Hawaiian, is a blimp-shaped triggerfish with bright white lines running along its dorsal and anal fins. From a distance, it appears to be completely black. However, upon closer inspection with good lighting, one can see that it is actually mottled dark-blue/green coloration often with orange toward the front ...

Bluethroat ​Triggerfish​
Bluethroat ​Triggerfish​

Also known as Half Moon Trigger, Half-moon Triggerfish, Half-moon Picasso Fish, Black Triggerfish, Goldenfinned Triggerfish, Goldenlined Triggerfish, Yellowstreak Triggerfish, Yellow-backed Triggerfish, Blue Belly Triggerfish, Blue Belly Sufflamen Trigger, Flagtail Triggerfish, Whitetail Trigger, Whitetail Triggerfish, White-Tailed Triggerfish, White-tip Trigger, White-tip Sufflamen Trigger, White Rim Triggerfish, White Rim Trigger, Haremic Triggerfish.

Boomerang ​Triggerfish​
Boomerang ​Triggerfish​

The Boomerang Trigger is more commonly referred as White Line Triggerfish, Sufflamen bursa, Balistes bursa, Hemibalistes bursa. The Boomerang Trigger is known for its investigative and intelligence senses.

Crosshatch ​Triggerfish​
Crosshatch ​Triggerfish​

The Crosshatch Triggerfish(Xanthicthys mento) is definitely one of the most beautiful and sought after of all the triggers.This triggerfish can live in extremely deep water, so it is certainly more rare than most triggers in the aquarium trade.

Flagtail ​Triggerfish​
Flagtail ​Triggerfish​

Also known as Half Moon Trigger, Half-moon Triggerfish, Half-moon Picasso Fish, Black Triggerfish, Goldenfinned Triggerfish, Goldenlined Triggerfish, Yellowstreak Triggerfish, Yellow-backed Triggerfish, Blue Belly Triggerfish, Blue Belly Sufflamen Trigger, Bluethroat Trigger, Whitetail Trigger, Whitetail Triggerfish, White-Tailed Triggerfish, White-tip Trigger, White-tip Sufflamen Trigger, White Rim Triggerfish, White Rim Trigger, Haremic Triggerfish.

Gilded ​Triggerfish​
Gilded ​Triggerfish​

The gilded triggerfish or blue-throated Triggerfish, Xanthichthys auromarginatus, is a spotted gray triggerfish. Males of the species have blue cheeks and yellow-bordered white fins. It is widely, but locally, distributed at islands in the Indo-Pacific.

Grey ​Triggerfish​
Grey ​Triggerfish​

The grey triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) is a ray-finned fish in the triggerfish family. The species is native to shallow parts of the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to Argentina and also the eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea and off Angola on the west coast of Africa.

Indian ​Triggerfish​
Indian ​Triggerfish​

The Indian triggerfish (Melichthys indicus), also known as the black-finned triggerfish, has a brown body and black fins with white lines at the base of the dorsal and anal fins. It is found across the Indian Ocean. They can grow up to 10 in (25 cm) long.

Lagoon ​Triggerfish​
Lagoon ​Triggerfish​

The lagoon triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus), also known as the blackbar triggerfish, the Picasso triggerfish, the Picassofish, and the Jamal, is a triggerfish, up to 30 cm in length, found on reefs in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Orangeside ​Triggerfish​
Orangeside ​Triggerfish​

The orangeside triggerfish (Sufflamen verres) is a species of triggerfish found along the Pacific coast of Central and South America from Mexico to Ecuador. It is also found around the Galapagos Islands.

Pinktail ​Triggerfish​
Pinktail ​Triggerfish​

While Triggerfish, in general, can be difficult to keep in an aquarium, the Pinktail Triggerfish is an exception. It may be a bit difficult to get them to eat when first introduced to the aquarium, but once they figure out that hand fed foods are actually food, they adapt well.

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Queen ​Triggerfish​
Queen ​Triggerfish​

Except for the elongated fins, the queen triggerfish is a typical triggerfish in appearance. The largest member of the family, the stone triggerfish (Pseudobalistes naufragium) reaches 1 m (3.3 ft), but most species have a maximum length between 20 and 50 cm (8–20 in).

Redtoothed ​Triggerfish​
Redtoothed ​Triggerfish​

The redtoothed triggerfish is a dark, deep blue bodied fish, ranging up to 50 cm in length. The fins are all blue-green in color, having yellow and light blue trim. It has a lyre shaped caudal fin with a yellow bar between the lobes. Like all triggerfish redtoothed triggers have a retractable dorsal spine.

Reef ​Triggerfish​
Reef ​Triggerfish​

The reef triggerfish (Rhinecanthus rectangulus), also known as the rectangular triggerfish, or its Hawaiian name humuhumunukunukuāpua ʻ a (pronounced [ˈhumuˈhumuˈnukuˈnukuˈwaːpuˈwɐʔə] meaning "triggerfish with a snout like a pig"), also spelled humuhumunukunukuapua'a or just humuhumu for short, is one of several species of triggerfish.

Rhinecanthus​
Rhinecanthus​

The lagoon triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus), also known as the blackbar triggerfish, the Picasso triggerfish, the Picassofish, and the Jamal, is a triggerfish, up to 30 cm in length, found on reefs in the Indo-Pacific region.

Starry ​Triggerfish​
Starry ​Triggerfish​

The starry triggerfish (Abalistes stellaris), or flat-tailed triggerfish, is a tropical, harmless, oviparous bottom dweller, characterized by some white spots along the spinal dark band. The tail is dorsoventral and looks very thin, when looked upon in profile.

Xanthichthys​
Xanthichthys​

In Hachijojima, Izu Islands, Japan, one male crosshatch triggerfish (Xanthichthys mento) has up to three females in his territory at the same time, ...