|Latin name||Acanthostracion polygonius - Poey, 1876|
|Common name||Honeycomb cowfish|
|Family||Ostraciidae - Acanthostracion|
|Origin||The Mexican Golf, West Atlantic|
|Max length||50.0 cm (19.7")|
As aquarium fish
Threat towards crustaceans
This species poses a threat towards shrimps and crabs etc., which are relatively small.
Family description (Ostraciidae)
Boxfish(Ostraciidae) have a unique square shape and a particular way of swimming.
They have a rather special personality, which one quickly comes to love.
Boxfish live typically off a mixture of algae, coral polyps, zooplankton, and in some cases crustaceans.
They are not normally reef safe and when small will require gentle water circulation.
Boxfish can secrete a poison when stressed or if they die, which can in the worst case, kill the contents of a whole aquarium.
Never use the water the fish was transported in.
|Distribution||Western Atlantic: New Jersey, USA and Bermuda to Brazil, including the Caribbean and Antilles. Absent from the Gulf of Mexico.|
|English common names||Trunkfish, Honeycomb cowfish|
|Spanish common names||Torito hexagonal, Torito, Cofre|
References and further reading
Bob Fenner. The Puffers Called Box-, Cowfishes, family Ostraciidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Richard Aspinall. 2012. Oddballs for the Marine Aquarium - Tropical Fish Hobbyist - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|eats shrimp, eats crab|