Crosshatch Triggerfish (Xanthichthys mento)

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Common Name: Crosshatch Triggerfish
Scientific Name: Xanthichthys mento
Reef-Safe: Safe with corals. Not safe with inverts (shrimps, snails, urchins)
Min. Tank Size: 180 gallons
Captive Care: Easy
Temperament: Aggressive
Max. Size: 30 cm (11.8") 
Range: Western Pacific: southern Japan and the Ryukyu, Izu, Marcus, Wake and Hawaiian islands. Eastern Pacific: southern California, USA and the Pitcairn, Easter, Revillagigedo, Clipperton, and the Galapagos islands
Depth: 6 - 130m (19.6 - 426.5ft) 
Diet: Carnivore
Remarks: Also called Redtail Triggerfish. Just like any other triggers, the second spine of the first dorsal acts as a trigger, locking the first spine of the first dorsal fin and if depressed, unlocks the first spine. Bold and friendly. Makes a "grunting" noise to communicate. Will rearrange rubbles and some rock work. Males are straw-yellow with each scale outlined in black creating a crosshatched appearance, and a red tail with neon submarginal blue band. Females are also crosshatched, but with a slate gray to blue ground color and tail. Very sought-after and expensive fish due to remote collection stations.

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