Red-Toothed Trigger Fish

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Description of the Red-Toothed Trigger Fish
The Red-Toothed Trigger Fish is also known as the Blue Triggerfish, Niger Trigger, Red Toothed File Fish and Red Fang Triggerfish. It is considered to be one of the more peaceful triggerfish but can still be aggressive to smaller fish. Ensure the aquarium has lots of hiding places for this inquisitive fish and is large enough to comfortably house this large fish that can grow to up to 50cm.

Popular Name: Red-Toothed Trigger Fish
Species: Odonus niger

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Red-Toothed Trigger Fish

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Profile of the Red-Toothed Trigger Fish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Red-Toothed Trigger Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 50cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 82. to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Frozen or Flaked Marine Fish Food

  • Temperament: More peaceful than other Triggerfish

  • Habitat: Marine Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 40m

  • Behaviour: Semi-Aggressive, ensure tank is large enough

  • Range: Indo-Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Red-Toothed Trigger Fish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Odonus niger

  • Popular Name: Red-toothed Trigger Fish - Blue Triggerfish - Red Toothed File Fish - Red fang Triggerfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Tetraodontiformes

  • Family: Balistidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Red-Toothed Trigger Fish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Red-Toothed Trigger Fish slimy?
Red-Toothed Trigger Fish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Red-Toothed Trigger Fish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

 

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Red-Toothed Trigger Fish have gills?
Gills enable the Red-Toothed Trigger Fish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Red-Toothed Trigger Fish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Red-Toothed Trigger Fish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Red-Toothed Trigger Fish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Red-Toothed Trigger Fish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Red-Toothed Trigger Fish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Red-Toothed Trigger Fish

Red-Toothed Trigger Fish

  • Interesting Information about Red-Toothed Trigger Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Red-Toothed Trigger Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Red-Toothed Trigger Fish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Red-Toothed Trigger Fish have fins?

  • Species: Odonus niger

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