Redtoothed Triggerfish (Odonus niger)

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Redtoothed Triggerfish

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Redtoothed Triggerfish

Odonus niger

757 Litres (200 US G.)

30.5-50.8cm (12-20 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-10 years



Additional names

Redtoothed Triggerfish, Niger Triggerfish, Blue Triggerfish

Additional scientific names

Xenodon niger, Balistes erythrodon, Odonus erythrodon

Sexing[edit | edit source]

It is difficult to visually sex this fish and they are not known to breed in captivity.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A highly territorial fish, best kept alone or with other similar sized semi-aggressive fish. Will eat smaller fish and invertebrates, must be in a fish-only set up.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should be fed a meaty diet consisting of krill, shrimp, clams, squid and should include hard-shelled shrimp to wear down their teeth.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed two to three times a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Requires a mature laterally spacious tank with plenty of hiding places in live rock. All décor should be secure as this fish is known for rearranging its environment.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A highly aggressive and territorial fish, in captivity this fish will terrorize tank mates. In the wild they form large schools to feed on zooplankton and sponges. It vocalizes using a "grunting" sound.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A typical Triggerfish in shape, with an oval body and eyes set far back from the snout. The body is generally indigo-blue, sometimes closer to purple, in colour and the caudal fin is sharply forked. Mature fish have bright red teeth, giving them their common name.

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