gilded triggerfish

Scientific name Xanthichthys auromarginatus
Descriptor Bennett
Year of description 1832
IUCN category LC
Family Balistidae
Genus Xanthichthys
Xanthichthys auromarginatus Xanthichthys auromarginatus

Introduction

Xanthichthys auromarginatus, commonly known as gilded triggerfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Pattern
    ponctuations
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Pattern
    ponctuations

How to recognize the gilded triggerfish ?

The gilded triggerfish measures between 25 and 30 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, bleu, marron, blanc and violet body. The also has bleu and blanc ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    planctophage
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The gilded triggerfish is a fish living in small groups. This species is planctophage .

Although the gilded triggerfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert

The gilded triggerfish is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    8 - 150 m

Biotope presentation

The gilded triggerfish is most often found at a depth between 8m and 150m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

A REVISION OF THE TRIGGERFISH GENUS XANTHICHTHYS, WITH DESCRIPTION OF A NEW SPECIES - J.E. Randall - K. Matsuura - A. Zama - BULLETIN OF MARINE SCIENCE, - 1978.

The reef guide–fishes, corals, nudibranchs & other invertebrates: East & south coasts of southern Africa. - D. King - V. Fraser - Paperback - 2014.

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