5 Interesting Facts About Reef Triggerfish

Reef Triggerfish

Here is a reef triggerfish swimming casually through the sea

Today I want to write about a really cool fish that has an amazing Hawaiian name, the reef triggerfish.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These colourful fish grow up to 25 cm long.
  2. In Hawaii, reef triggerfish are also known as the humuhumunukunukuapua’a.  They are the state fish of Hawaii.
  3. They are excellent swimmers and use their special fins to go forwards, backwards or to burst away very quickly if they need to.  When they swim away from a predator, they can make a grunting sound to warn other fish of the danger.  They then hide in small crevices and use the trigger at the top of their body to lock themselves in.
  4. They feed on algae, small crustaceans, worms, brittlestars, sea urchins and snails.
  5. Reef triggerfish are quite common and can be found in shallow water near reefs in the waters of Hawaii, Polynesia Australia, Micronesia, Melanesia, the Philippines, the coast of Africa, the Red Sea and southern Japan.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about reef triggerfish?

4 thoughts on “5 Interesting Facts About Reef Triggerfish

  1. Did you know there is a fish called a Humuhumunukunukuapua’a? I think it’s another name for the reef triggerfish, but I can’t make it out.

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