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Updated 12/18/2015

Family Balistidae

HAWAII

Xanthichthys mento

Female, Pearl & Hermes Reef, 50 feet

 

Female, Angel Ledge, Midway Atoll, 90 feet

 

Male, Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 60 feet

 

Nuptial Male Crosshatch Triggerfish, Angel Ledge, Midway, 90 feet, 50mm

Male, Angel Ledge, Midway Atoll, 80 feet

 

Juvenile, Angel Ledge, Midway Atoll, 80 feet



Juvenile, Oahu, 120 feet


Male, Oahu, 120 feet


Male

CROSSHATCH TRIGGERFISH     Name-mongara

In the Main Hawaiian Islands this species occurs deeper than 100 feet along current-swept ledges while common in as little as 25 feet around Midway Atoll.  Feeds upon zooplankton just above the reefSoft dorsal & anal fins with red margins in females, yellow in males, caudal fin yellow in females and red in males.  Attains 12 inches.  Subtropical Pacific island groups with water temperature in the mid-60's from the Izu Islands west to Hawai'i, Baja California, south to the Galapagos, Easter Island and Pitcairn Island.