Blue Throat Triggerfish


Fish Type: Triggers


Scientific Name: Xanthichthys auromarginatus


Species: Balistidae

Color: blue, black, yellow
Aggressiveness: Caution Needed
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 9"
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Among the Reef

The Blue Throat Triggerfish, also known as Bluechin Triggerfish, or Gilded Triggerfish, is grayish-brown, covered with light-blue spots. The fins are edged in yellow. The male of the species has a darker blue area on the cheeks, hence the name Bluechin or Blue Throat.

A 125 gallon or larger aquarium with rocks and caves provides a good environment. The Blue Throat will rearrange the landscaping and rocks. It is said to “talk,” which is actually a grunting sound.

The Blue Throat Triggerfish needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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