Crosshatch Triggerfish (Xanthichthys mento)

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Crosshatch Triggerfish

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Crosshatch Triggerfish

Xanthichthys mento

265 Litres (70 US G.)

55.9-61cm (22-24 ")


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

20-30 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Peach Face Triggerfish

Additional scientific names

Balistes mento, Xanthichthys gotonis, Xanthichthys purus, Xanthichthys surcatus


Western Pacific: from 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.


Females are duller in colouration.

Tank compatibility

Keep only with fish that can stand its aggression. It is definitely not a fish for the average large marine tank. It will eat any inverts and may damage corals.


This fish requires meaty foods including shrimp, squid and scallops.

Feeding regime

Feed daily.

Environment Specifics

A suitable reef tank will suffice.


Quite territorial; keep only with fish that can handle the aggression; best not kept with crustaceans.


A large oval fish which is yellow with a bluish gray face. Dorsal, and anal fins are bordered with yellow.

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