|Latin name||Tetrosomus gibbosus - (Linnaeus, 1758)|
|Common name||Humpback turretfish|
|Family||Ostraciidae - Tetrosomus|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, The Red Sea, Indonesia, New Zealand, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||30.0 cm (11.8")|
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 crustaceans
This species poses a threat towards shrimps and crabs etc., which are relatively small.
This species likes to eat tubeworms.
These fish eat exceptionally slowly and can be very selective feeders.
It can therefore be problematic to provide it with a sufficient and varied diet, in an aquarium with other, faster feeding species.
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.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
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-West Pacific: Red Sea (Ref. 3141) and East Africa to Indonesia, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia. Immigrated into the southeastern Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.|
|English common names||Humpback turretfish, Hunchback turretfish|
|Danish common names||Trekantet kuffertfisk|
|French common names||Poisson-coffre pyramide|
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).
|hard to feed, eats shrimp, eats crab, eats feather duster worm|