Blue Throat Triggerfish
Scientific Name:
Xanthichthys auromarginatus
Other Common Names for the Blue Throat Triggerfish:
Gilded Triggerfish - Blue Chin Triggerfish


Description:

Blue Throat Triggerfish are native to the Indo-Pacific region. These fish are often referred to as Gilded Triggerfish due to the striking yellow that outlines the fins of the males.  These fish have grayish-brown bodies with light-blue spots. Their fins are trimmed in yellow. The males are usually more vibrant in color and have the namesake smudge of blue on their cheek/throat area. A Blue Throat Triggerfish can reach up to 9 inches in length and requires an aquarium of at least 125 gallons with live rock and plenty of room to swim.

Diet:

Blue Throat Triggerfish are carnivores. These beauties are considered semi-reef safe as they may prey upon the invertebrates in your tank. They also will accept flake foods, pellets, and small meaty offerings like Mysis shrimp or roe. A good variety of foods will keep your Blue Throat Triggerfish healthy. 


Behavior:

As stated earlier, a Blue Throat Triggerfish can reach up to 9 inches in length and requires an aquarium of at least 125 gallons with live rock and plenty of room to swim. It is important to note that the teeth of this fish will continue to grow. If the teeth get too long, your Blue Throat Triggerfish may begin to have trouble eating. For this, please keep clams or hard-shelled shrimp in rotation for feedings.  This will help keep the fish’s teeth worn down. These fish are typically peaceful and fit into most community tanks. If you intend to keep fish, a netted lid is recommended.

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