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    Quality Marine Gets in Crosshatch Trigger Hybrid

    Quality Marine recently received this suspected hybrid of Xanthichthys mento x Xanthichthys lineopunctatus from Christmas Island. While the hybridization of these two species has been discussed in the past, this is the first time we have heard of recent collection, let alone seen photos. Similar looking trigger hybrids have entered the trade in the last […]

    Quality Marine recently received this suspected hybrid of Xanthichthys mento x Xanthichthys lineopunctatus from Christmas Island. While the hybridization of these two species has been discussed in the past, this is the first time we have heard of recent collection, let alone seen photos. Similar looking trigger hybrids have entered the trade in the last two years, but from other locales. QM has said this suspected hybrid has not popped up in the industry for nearly 5 years and is the first to make its way under the roof of the LAX wholesaler.

    Xanthichthys mento x Xanthichthys lineopunctatus

    There is certainly room for debate on the genetic make up of this fish. Some similar looking specimens have been marked as X. mento x X. caeruleolineatus, but the markings do seem to favor the rarely seen X. lineopunctatus. Looks aside, it’s a crap shoot.

    Without meristic evaluation and DNA testing we will never know for certain. Whatever it is, the blue-silver body, orange tail and crosshatch markings make this a spectacular specimen. (We’re loving the trail of ‘X. lineopunctatus markings’ behind the eye!)

    Trigger hybrids can be incredibly striking as they blend their cubist like markings, making a mishmash of colors and shapes. This is the second stunning trigger hybrid that we’ve seen from Chris Buerner and Quality Marine in recent months–the first being this suspected¬†Rhinecanthus aculeatus x¬†Rhinecanthus rectangulus hybrid that found its way to LiveAquaria.

    If you’re looking to get your hands on the Crosshatch Hybrid–you’re out of luck. As quick as it arrived, it sold… to what we hope is a good home. It will be interesting to see how both of the fish shown here mature in captivity, and what color changes may occur.

    [Quality Marine]

    5 Comments

    1. jmaneyapanda
      January 29, 2010 at 6:11 AM | Permalink

      Certainly a gorgeous fish. Aquabreeders (on ebay) had one a few years ago:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AoSgD6Z0oU

      There had been some chatter about this being a new Christmas Island species of Xanthichthys at some time, but I never heard, nor saw, any furthger info or data on it.

    2. January 31, 2010 at 10:31 PM | Permalink

      sorry for double post, great site for news

      thank you

    3. January 31, 2010 at 10:31 PM | Permalink

      Hi, Im Carlos owener of Ultimate aquarium services of tampa and we have one of those hybrid triggers i obtained it bout 4-5 yrs ago, she is doing great in our 600g reef tank just an awesome fish!!

    4. February 1, 2010 at 4:31 AM | Permalink

      Hi, Im Carlos owener of Ultimate aquarium services of tampa and we have one of those hybrid triggers i obtained it bout 4-5 yrs ago, she is doing great in our 600g reef tank just an awesome fish!!

    5. February 1, 2010 at 4:31 AM | Permalink

      sorry for double post, great site for news

      thank you

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