Bursa Triggerfish


Fish Type: Triggers


Scientific Name: Rhinecanthus verrucosus


Species: Balistidae

Color: Orange, Tan, White, Yellow
Aggressiveness: Highly Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 9"
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Bursa Triggerfish is also known as the Black Patch Triggerfish or Blackbelly Triggerfish. Sufflamen bursa may also be referred to as the Bursa Triggerfish. Rhinecanthus verrucosus has a face that is half white and half yellow; it also has a pencil-thin moustache and a colorful mask across the eyes. Another distinguishing feature is a large black circlular area on the abdomen.

It needs a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with rocks and caves. It will rearrange the landscaping and rocks. It vocalizes with a “grunting” sound.

The Bursa 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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