Blue Throat Triggerfish
Fish Type: Triggers
Scientific Name: Xanthichthys auromarginatus
Aggressiveness: Caution Needed
Max Size: 9"
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gal
Relative Care: Easy
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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.