The gilded triggerfish (Xanthichthys auromarginatus) is a spotted gray triggerfish.
Short description - Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 27-30; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 25 - 27. Females lack the blue chins of males and yellow margins on fins.
Gilded triggerfish's facts
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Males of the species have blue cheeks and yellow-bordered, white fins.
Gilded triggerfish's Behavior & Ecology
Occur in upper margins of current-swept seaward drop-offs and ledges. Current-prone and with rich invertebrate growth such as seawhips. Usually found at moderate depths over 20 meters and occuring in small loose groups. Benthopelagic.
Gilded triggerfish's Feeding
Form loose aggregations a few meters above the bottom where it feeds on zooplankton, particularly copepods.