Blackpatch TriggerfishFamily: BalistidaeRhinecanthus verrucosus
The Blackpatch Triggerfish fish is very easily identified because, as the name states, it has a black patch on the middle lower part of its' body.
This fish is quite attractive with streaks of blue, yellow and red adorning a body that goes from grayish brown on top to a whitish lower half.
Like all triggerfish, the Blackpatch Triggerfishill need lots of room. They are best house with other larger, protein eaters such as groupers, surgeonfishes, basses, and eels and puffers that can hold their own. Be sure it has a shelter where it can retreat to and spend the night.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Maintenance: Feed all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. We generally feed squid, shrimp (the same kind people eat), mussels, and all kinds of chopped up fish.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Blackpatch Triggerfish are found in the Indo-West Pacific: in tropical waters, from Chagos Archipelago through Indonesia to the Solomon Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Vanuatu. These fish inhabit subtidal reef flats and protected lagoons. They are found mainly in rubble-algal habitat and usually in loose aggregations. This is a shy species, usually swimming away or diving into holes.