Puneet Varma (Editor)

Redtoothed triggerfish

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Tetraodontiformes
Genus  Odonus Gistel, 1848
Higher classification  Odonus
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Balistidae
Scientific name  Odonus niger
Rank  Species
Redtoothed triggerfish httpssmediacacheak0pinimgcom564xe445e2
Similar  Odonus, Triggerfish, Lagoon triggerfish, Rhinecanthus, Orange‑lined triggerfish

redtoothed triggerfish odonus niger

Odonus niger also known as the red-toothed triggerfish is a triggerfish of the tropical Indo-Pacific area, the sole member of its genus.


Redtoothed triggerfish Redtoothed triggerfish Wikipedia


Redtoothed triggerfish Roodtandtrekkervis Redtoothed triggerfish or Nigger Trigger

The redtoothed triggerfish is a dark, deep blue bodied fish, ranging up to 50 cm in length. The fins are all blue-green in color, having yellow and light blue trim. It has a lyre shaped caudal fin with a yellow bar between the lobes. Like all triggerfish redtoothed triggers have a retractable dorsal spine.

Redtoothed triggerfish Odonus niger Redtoothed triggerfish Xenodon niger

Their pectoral fins are quite small; as a result they steer mostly with their dorsal and anal fins, which makes them very maneuverable, and they also use these fins to move with an exotic type of propulsion reminiscent of a propellor. It is one of the most singular swimming styles in the ocean.


Redtoothed triggerfish redtoothed trigger fish The redtoothed triggerfish is a d Flickr

It inhabits open waters and current-swept seaward reefs between 0 and 35 metres (0–115 feet) and can often be seen in groups turning and circling just under the sea surface while feeding on plankton brought in by the current. Sponges are another part of their menu.

In the Aquarium

Redtoothed triggerfish Redtoothed triggerfish Dallas World Aquarium

Odonus niger is a hardy member of a saltwater aquarium. It has a reputation as one of the most peaceful of the triggerfish. It is still however a triggerfish and can therefore not be easily kept in an aquarium with invertebrates, although careful selection of invertebrates sometimes can make it possible to keep in a reef aquarium. A single small Niger trigger can be kept in a 40-gallon aquarium, however because they are fast growing a larger tank should be strongly considered. For a full adult specimen a 200-gallon or larger aquarium is advised.


Redtoothed triggerfish Wikipedia

Similar Topics
Lagoon triggerfish