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      Queen Trigger
      Queen Trigger

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      mojoreef


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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name:Balistes vetula
      Max. size: 60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. published weight: 5,440 g
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 2 - 275 m
      Distribution:Gazetteer Eastern Atlantic: Ascension, Cape Verde, and Azores; ranges south to southern Angola. Western Atlantic: Massachusetts, USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to southeastern Brazil.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 29-32; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 27-29. Greenish or bluish gray on back, orange-yellow on lower part of head and abdomen, with two broad diagonal curved bright blue bands running from snout to below and in front of pectoral fins, the lowermost continuous with a blue ring around lips; a broad blue bar across caudal peduncle, and blue sub-marginal bands in median fins.
      Biology: Found over rocky or coral areas. May form schools, sometimes solitary over sand and grassy areas. Feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates. It preys on sea urchins by blowing water to overturn it and then attacks it where the spines are short
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 - 79°F (22 - 26°C) and has a natural diet of zooplankton, small fishes, and invertebrate. Requires a meaty diet, including fortified brine shrimp, mysis, chopped fish or shrimp flesh, and meaty type frozen carnivore foods with two or three feedings per day. Extremely aggressive and very possibly should only be housed with its own family members. Will rearrange aquarium décor, bite airline tubing, possibly break heater tubes, and scratch aquarium side panels. Pretty, but a monster!
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