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Photo of the Week - Xanthichthys mento

Xanthichthys is a small group of triggers that are considered "reef safe", meaning that they are not likely to eat sessile invertebrates (motile invertebrates are a completely different story). They are found all over the tropical and subtropical Pacific ocean, usually in association with reefs and rocky outcroppings. Xanthichthys mento is likely the rarest triggerfish in this genus. They are known to reach a maximum size in the wild of around 1 foot, and more commonly 8 - 10 inches in captivity.