Humu Rectangle Triggerfish


Fish Type: Triggers


Scientific Name: Rhinecanthus rectangulus


Species: Balistidae

Color: Black, Blue, Orange, White, Yellow
Aggressiveness: Caution Needed
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 12"
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


Considered to be Hawaii’s state fish, the Humu Rectangle Triggerfish, also known as the Rectangular Triggerfish, Wedge-tailed Trigger, or the V-line Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, has a pearly white face and two blue and black stripes across the eyes. It is also recognized by the black V-pattern outlined in yellow that highlights the posterior section of the body.

The Humu Rectangle Triggerfish needs a 180 gallon or larger aquarium with rocks and caves. It may rearrange the landscaping and rocks. It vocalizes using a “grunting” sound.

The Humu Rectangle 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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