Yellow Boxfish

Yellow Boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) swims across the reef Yellow Boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) swims across the reef
Indo-Pacific Yellow Boxfish (Ostracion cubicus)

Credit: Helen Holmgren

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A male adult Yellow Boxfish in Egypt

Credit: Aida Karamesic

Yellow Boxfish Ostracion cubicus

Yellow Boxfish are very popular & photogenic reef fish in the Indo-Pacific region and can be found in other parts of the world, as well. They swim slowy and they are brightly coloured, so therefore could be an easy target for predators. However, their bright colouration is a sign to potential predators that they contain strong toxins.

Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Order: Tetraodontiformes (Pufferfish, Triggerfish, & Filefish)
Family: Ostraciidae (Ostraciidae)
Genus: Ostracion (Ostracion)
Species: Ostracion cubicus
Average Size: 30 centimetres

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