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Grosvenor Tropicals fully endorsees the OATA's policy on the humane  treatment of livestock. We may refuse any sale where we believe that a customer cannot provide a suitable environment for care of that species.

We do not supply Goldfish for use as prizes at Fetes, Fun Fairs or other events.

Cross-hatch Triggerfish Xanthichthys mento

Stunning in it's finely etched markings and strikingly colored finage, the Cross-hatch is one of the most beautiful and rarely seen of the triggerfish family. It is native to the Eastern Pacific in scattered locations stretching from the West Coast of the Baja peninsula westwards to Pitcairn, Easter and the Hawaiian Islands. Relitively common in the wild, it is very rare, and expensive, in the aquarium trade, although even as a dealer I cannot say for certain if it's expensive because it is rare, or rare because it is so expensive!

Sometimes pale blue or grey, but mostly yellowish tan, it gets its name from the finely detailed scale outlines on it's flanks which give it it's cross-hatch appearance. The caudal fin of the male is Red with highly contrasted electric Blue edging, that of females is pale Blue with Yellow edging. Stangely this coloration is reversed for the second dorsal and the anal fins, that of the male being Blue with Yellow trim, the female Blue with Red trim. Both gender have a stunning dark Red first Dorsal/ Trigger fin.

Usually adapts well to captivity, even becomming tame enough to be hand fed.