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Blue Spotted Boxfish
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Blue Spotted Boxfish

Ostracion meleagris
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Blue Spotted Boxfish also known as the Black Boxfish, Blue Boxfish, Spotted Boxfish or Whitespotted Boxfish are found from East Africa to Mexico, north to southern Japan and the Hawaiian Islands, south to New Caledonia and the Tuamoto Islands.

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The Blue Spotted Boxfish has various common names are due to the dimorphic appearance of the male and female. The male is the more colourful of the two, with a vibrant blue body and a wide black swath covering the top of the body like a cap. The entire body is speckled with dots, white on black and black on blue while a thin horizontal stripe of orange adorns the tail. The female is entirely black with white dots.

This is a very difficult fish to keep in the aquarium setting by any other than the most experienced aquarist. Use caution if placing the Blue Spotted Boxfish in a reef tank as they will often nibble at tubeworms. When stressed, the Blue Spotted Boxfish releases a poisonous substance, called ostracitoxin, from its mucous glands which will kill other fish in the tank very quickly.

Very little success has been achieved in breeding these fish in an aquarium. When first introduced, the Blue Spotted Boxfish can be fed a diet of live brine shrimp or bloodworms. After acclimatization, chopped squid, clams, mussels, and herbivore preparations can be fed.

Minimum Aquarium Size

700 L

Max Size

25 cm

Reef Safe

No

Temperament

Peaceful

Diet

Omnivore

Care

Expert

Origin

West Indian Ocean

Source

Wild Caught

Venomous

Poisonous

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