|Latin name||Ostracion solorensis - Bleeker, 1853|
|Common name||Reticulate boxfish|
|Family||Ostraciidae - Ostracion|
|Origin||Australia, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||12.0 cm (4.7")|
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.
There is little available knowledge of this species, so there can be important information missing on this page.
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.
There is a greater chance of success with this species if one can supply a living feed to allow it to adapt to the tank.
This species often has a fun and interesting personality.
This species is very shy and docile, so one should be careful when keeping it with more aggressive fish.
Is light in colour when young and gradually becomes darker.
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 Pacific: Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean and Indonesia to Fiji, north to the Philippines. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797) and the northern northern Great Barrier Reef (Ref. 9710).|
|English common names||Solor boxfish, Reticulate boxfish, Reticulated boxfish|
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).
|docile shy, live food|