Hybrid triggerfish are exceptionally rare but as we keep an eye out for these kind of things, here’s a story on some hybrid clown triggerfish. After viewing several reviews on super rare fish that came by the end of the year, here come the trigger’s turn!
Everyone loves the pattern of the Clown triggerfish, Balistoides conspicillum, due to the remarkable color and exquisite pattern. So far, the only aberrant clown triggerfish known, or that we have seen in the past, was the ‘Maze’ with the crooked white stripes instead of spots on the belly. No other color forms like xanthic or something special have been record and observed yet in Balistoides conspicillum.
But here is something different! Look at what I’ve found in one local Thai fish store. Two incredible juvenile hybrid Clown triggerfish with an amazing color patterns: one with more silvery white and another with more yellow. The fish is said to be raised from a smaller ones imported few months ago from the Philippines.
To me, it looks almost exactly the same with the clown triggers except the color that is unusual. What I like about it is the blue color that appeared on some white spots. When we discussed it, Jake Adams proposed that it look like a hybrid between a Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens) and the clown trigger.
He said that the juvenile is much more white with some dark spots on their body, which these two fish also got a few with them. Which also can happen like what we’ve seen with lots of hybrids being caught previously. At this moment, no one can tell exactly what is it. What we only know is that it is something worth to look after and see what will happen next!
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Last but not least, we also got spot another recent import of the ‘Xanthic Undulate trigger’ last week from Indonesia, which is an unusual place to get as most of the previous one came from Maldives and Palau. Luckily, the fish arrived at Ocean and Sea Aquarium in Bangkok in an excellent condition. This rare ‘Golden Beauty’ already sold to one of the best rare fish keeper in Thailand secretively. And yes, we hope to see more some ‘super odd’ things in the next coming year!