Scientific Name: Odonus niger
Common Names: Niger Triggerfish, Black Triggerfish, Redtoothed Triggerfish, Vetula
Maximum Length: 12 inches
Minimum Aquarium Size: 180 gallons
Foods & Feeding: Carnivore – primarily feeds on small fish, crustaceans, and other invertebrates
Reef Tank Safe: No – can be aggressive towards invertebrates and may eat small fish
Temperament: Aggressive – may be territorial and aggressive towards other fish
Description: The Niger Triggerfish, also known as the Black Triggerfish or the Redtoothed Triggerfish, is a striking fish with a distinctive blue-black body with highlights running down the fins. As a carnivore, the Niger Triggerfish primarily feeds on crustaceans and other invertebrates. While it can be peaceful towards other fish, it can become territorial and aggressive as it grows larger if placed in too small of an aquarium. It is also not recommended to house the Niger Triggerfish with invertebrates. However, for those with large enough aquariums and experience managing aggressive fish, the Niger Triggerfish can be an impressive and fascinating addition to the tank.