Fish Species

Yellow Box Fish

Yellow Box Fish - Description

The Yellow Box Fish is also known as the Polka-Dot Boxfish or Cube Boxfish. It is a very unusual shaped fish, as its name suggests its body is shaped like a box or a cube.

It is a peaceful fish, however if stressed by more aggressive fish it can release a toxin called Ostracitoxin to ward off predators but this toxin can kill other fish in the tank.

Popular Name: Yellow Box Fish
Species: Ostracion cubicus

Profile of the Yellow Box Fish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Yellow Box Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 45cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4 Temp: 24 to 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Frozen or Flaked Food

  • Temperament: Don't place with aggressive species, if the boxfish gets stressed it will release a toxin which can kill other fish in the tank

  • Habitat: Marine Reef Dwellers

  • Behaviour: Peaceful, Good Community Fish

  • Range: Pacific, Indian and South East Atlantic Ocean

Scientific Classification of the Yellow Box Fish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Ostracion cubicus

  • Popular Name: Yellow Boxfish - Cube Boxfish - Polka-Dot Boxfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Tetraodontiformes

  • Family: Ostraciidae

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Facts about Fish Species - Yellow Box Fish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


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