|Latin name||Ostracion meleagris - Shaw, 1796|
|Common name||Whitespotted boxfish|
|Family||Ostraciidae - Ostracion|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||25.0 cm (9.8")|
As aquarium fish
This species has a toxin in its skin, which it releases when highly stressed or dying.
This poison can kill all the aquatic life in the aquarium, if unlucky.
Threat towards invertebrates
This species likes eating crustaceans, small bivalves and the like.
This species likes to eat tubeworms.
This species cannot maneuver in strong currents, especially so when small.
Pay particular attention to the pump’s water inlet as these fish in certain circumstances, can get stuck.
This species often has a fun and interesting personality.
The females are dark with white spots, while the males are blueish with spots on their backs.
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||Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific: East Africa to the Mexico, north to southern Japan and the Hawaiian Islands, south to New Caledonia and the Tuamoto Islands. The subspecies Ostracion meleagris camurum is found in the Hawaiian Islands and Ostr|
|English common names||Spotted trunkfish, Spotted boxfish, Whitespotted boxfish, Black boxfish, Box, Blue-spotted boxfish|
|Danish common names||Blåplettet kuffertfisk|
|German common names||Weisstüpfel-Kofferfisch, Kofferfisch|
|Spanish common names||Cofre manchado, Pez caja del Pacífico|
|French common names||Coffre pintade|
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, eats bivalve clams mussels scallops, eats feather duster worm|