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Hovercraft Cowfish
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Hovercraft Cowfish

Tetrosomus gibbosus
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Hovercraft Cowfish also known as the Hovercraft Fish, Humpback Turretfish, Camel Cowfish, Thornback Cowfish, Thornbacked Boxfish or Helmet Cowfish are found Red Sea and East Africa to Indonesia, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia.

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The Hovercraft Cowfish requires the care of an experienced aquarist. The Hovercraft Cowfish has a rather drab, pale tan body with random blotches of blue and occasional black dots. The eyes are large and blue.

Use caution if placing it in a reef tank as it will often nibble at tubeworms. When stressed, the Hovercraft Cowfish 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 this fish in the aquarium setting.

When introduced into a tank, the Hovercraft Cowfish can be fed a diet of live brine shrimp or bloodworms. After acclimatization, chopped squid, clams, mussels, and herbivore preparations can be fed. This fish has the peculiar habit of coming to the surface and spitting when it is hungry.

Minimum Aquarium Size

700 L

Max Size

30 cm

Reef Safe









West Indian Ocean


Wild Caught



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