Reef Frontiers en-us http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:49:06 -0500 PhotoPost Pro 7.0 60 White-Barred Boxfish http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=805&title=white-barred-boxfish&cat=505 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=805&amp;title=white-barred-boxfish&amp;cat=505"><img title="1854top_pic1.jpeg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/505/thumbs/1854top_pic1.jpeg" alt="1854top_pic1.jpeg" /></a><br /><br />by: edgerat<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: Anoplocapros lenticularis Max. size: 33.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 220 m Climate: subtropical Distribution: Eastern Indian Ocean: Australia (southern Western Australia and western South Australia). Biology: Occurs on the continental shelf. Photo ┬ęSteve Weast, posted by edgerat <br /><br />3 comments edgerat Wed, 19 Jan 2005 00:21:16 -0600 Yellow Boxfish http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=101&title=yellow-boxfish&cat=505 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=101&amp;title=yellow-boxfish&amp;cat=505"><img title="41yellow_baxfish.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/505/thumbs/41yellow_baxfish.jpg" alt="41yellow_baxfish.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: [i]Ostracion cubicus[/i] Common Name: Yellow Boxfish, Cube Boxfish Max. size: 45.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 280 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to Lord Howe Island. The Red Sea population differs slightly in coloration and has been known as Ostracion argus; closely related to Ostracion immaculatus from southern Japan. Southeast Atlantic = south coast of South Africa. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 9. Caudal fin rays 10. Juveniles bright yellow with black spots; the spots decrease proportionately and the bright yellow becomes a dirty mustard with growth; large adults become bluish with yellowish seams between the plates. Biology: Inhabits lagoon and semi-sheltered seaward reefs. Juveniles often among Acropora corals. Solitary. Feeds primarily on algae with a compliment of microorganisms, invertebrates, mollusks, sponges, sand dwelling polychaetes, crustaceans, foraminiferans, and fishes. Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of caves to hide, calm tankmates, and a lot of swimming room. This fish is not recommended to be kept in a reef aquarium. A very personable species that starts off shy, and may refuse to eat. The Yellow Boxfish can jump out of an aquarium, and when stressed, it can emit a toxin. This toxin can kill an entire tank, including the boxfish. If there are tankmates bothering the boxfish or the boxfish seems near death, then remove either the boxfish or the cause of stress. Feed a diet varied with meaty foods (i.e. chopped shrimp, fish, squid, clams, mysid, krill) and herbivore preparations that contain macroalgae. One word of caution, feeding at the surface of the water could cause buoyancy problems, as the fish would ingest air. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 20:08:18 -0600 Thornback Cowfish http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=98&title=thornback-cowfish&cat=505 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=98&amp;title=thornback-cowfish&amp;cat=505"><img title="41thornback_cow.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/505/thumbs/41thornback_cow.jpg" alt="41thornback_cow.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: [i]Lactoria fornasini[/i] Common Name: Thornback Cowfish, Thornback Boxfish, Bluelined Cowfish Max. size: 23.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range - 80 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-West Pacific = East Africa to the Hawaiian and Rapa Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island. Southeast Atlantic = sometimes reaching the southeast coast of South Africa. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 9. Caudal fin rays 10. Strong spine on middle of dorsal ridge. Biology: Inhabits clear outer lagoon and seaward reefs. Males are highly territorial. Poisonous in some parts of the tropics Aquarium Care: Keep with passive tankmates. This fish is not recommended to be kept in a reef aquarium due to the chance of eating invertebrates, and also the possibility of getting stung by an anemone. As long as there aren't two adult males, the Thornback Cowfish can be kept in pairs. This cowfish does have the same toxic slime as other boxfish, but it is less likely to cause lethal problems. There are rare reports of such cases. Feed a diet varied with meaty foods (i.e. chopped shrimp, fish, squid, clams, mysid, krill) and herbivore preparations that contain macroalgae. One word of caution, feeding at the surface of the water could cause buoyancy problems, as the fish would ingest air. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 20:02:45 -0600 Honeycomb Cowfish http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=71&title=honeycomb-cowfish&cat=505 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=71&amp;title=honeycomb-cowfish&amp;cat=505"><img title="41honeycomb_cow.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/505/thumbs/41honeycomb_cow.jpg" alt="41honeycomb_cow.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: [i]Acanthostracion polygonius[/i] Max. size: 50.0 cm NG (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 80 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Atlantic = New Jersey, USA and Bermuda to Brazil, including the Caribbean and Antilles. Absent from the Gulf of Mexico. Morphology: Bold pattern of hexagons outlined by narrow dark lines; centers and areas between hexagons pale. Purplish blue on sides and ventrally. Biology: Occurs in clear water around coral reefs. Feeds on sponges, alcyonarians, tunicates, and shrimp. Uncommon and wary. Consumed fresh, generally roasted Aquarium Care: Provide a lot of swimming room. This fish is not recommended to be kept in a reef aquarium. When keeping the Honeycomb cowfish, remember it can leap out of an open tank. Also, avoid sudden movements, as this fish may swim into the glass (causing broken horns). Due to the Honeycomb's toxic potential, it is advised to keep with peaceful fish, and remove fish if it appears to be stressed. Feed a diet varied with meaty foods (i.e. chopped shrimp, fish, squid, clams, mysid, krill) and herbivore preparations that contain macroalgae. One word of caution, feeding at the surface of the water could cause buoyancy problems, as the fish would ingest air. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 13:19:14 -0600 Longhorn Cowfish http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=72&title=longhorn-cowfish&cat=505 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=72&amp;title=longhorn-cowfish&amp;cat=505"><img title="41longhorn_cow.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/505/thumbs/41longhorn_cow.jpg" alt="41longhorn_cow.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: [i]Lactoria cornuta[/i] Common Name: Longhorn Cowfish, Longhorn Boxfish Max. size: 46.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; brackish; marine ; depth range 18 - 100 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = Red Sea and East Africa to the Marquesan and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8-9. Cryptic coloring ranges from green and olive to orange with blue spots. Caudal fin rays 9-10. Biology: Inhabits weedy areas near rocks or reefs. Juveniles often near river mouths and in brackish water. Adults are solitary, juveniles often form small groups. Feeds on benthic invertebrates by blowing away the sand. Readily dried and used to make ornaments Aquarium Care: Keep with non-aggressive food competitors. This fish is not recommended to be kept in a reef aquarium. A very interesting species that sometimes, at feeding time, swims to the top and spits water. The adult form is not as brightly colored at the juveniles, nor the horns as long. The Longhorn cowfish startles easily, and can swim into the glass or become stuck in the tank decor. When stressed, it can emit a toxin. This toxin can kill an entire tank, including the cowfish. If there are tankmates bothering the cowfish or the cowfish seems near death, then remove either the cowfish or the cause of stress. Feed a diet varied with meaty foods (i.e. chopped shrimp, fish, squid, clams, mysid, krill) and herbivore preparations that contain macroalgae. One word of caution, feeding at the surface of the water could cause buoyancy problems, as the fish would ingest air. <br /><br />2 comments mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 13:19:14 -0600 Whitespotted Boxfish http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=70&title=whitespotted-boxfish&cat=505 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=70&amp;title=whitespotted-boxfish&amp;cat=505"><img title="41whitespot_boxfish.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/505/thumbs/41whitespot_boxfish.jpg" alt="41whitespot_boxfish.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: [i]Ostracion meleagris[/i] Common Name: Whitespotted Boxfish, Spotted Boxfish, Blue Boxfish Max. size: 25.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 30 m Climate: tropical Distribution: Indo-Pacific = East Africa to the Americas, southern Japan and the Hawaiian Islands, south to New Caledonia and Tuamoto Islands and throughout Micronesia. The subspecies Ostracion meleagris camurum is in the Hawaiian Islands, and Ostracion meleagris clippertoneuse in the Eastern Pacific. Species replaced by Ostracion cyanurus in Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 9. Juveniles and females brown or green with white spots; large males with orange bands and spots on side of body. Caudal fin rays 10. Sexually dimorphic. Biology: Inhabits clear lagoon and seaward reefs from the lower surge zone to at least 30 m. Solitary. Feeds on didemnid tunicates, polychaetes, sponges, mollusks, copepods, and algae Aquarium Care: Keep with calm tankmates. This fish is not recommended to be kept in a reef aquarium. Yikes! This boxfish is notorious for exuding ostracitoxin when it becomes stressed. This toxin can prove fatal to the entire tank, including the boxfish. Can be kept singly or in pairs, but NOT two males. If other fish are bothering the boxfish or the boxfish seems near death, then remove either the boxfish or the cause of stress. This fish is difficult to feed. Once it is adjusted to tank life, offer a diet varied with meaty foods (i.e. chopped shrimp, fish, squid, clams, mysid, krill) and herbivore preparations that contain macroalgae (fish may be coaxed into eating vitamin-enriched brine shrimp). One word of caution, feeding at the surface of the water could cause buoyancy problems, as the fish would ingest air. A healthy specimen will appear to have straight sides, whereas, a starving specimen will appear to have concave sides. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 13:19:13 -0600 Bluetail Trunkfish http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=69&title=bluetail-trunkfish&cat=505 <a href="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/showphoto.php?photo=69&amp;title=bluetail-trunkfish&amp;cat=505"><img title="41bluetail_trunk_fish.jpg" border="0" src="http://www.reeffrontiers.com/photos_fish/data/505/thumbs/41bluetail_trunk_fish.jpg" alt="41bluetail_trunk_fish.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mojoreef<br /><br />Description: Scientific Name: [i]Ostracion cyanurus[/i] Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed) Environment: reef-associated; marine Climate: tropical Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = Red Sea to the Persian Gulf. Biology: Inhabits areas of moderate coral growth. Solitary and found close to shelter. Aquarium Care: This fish is not recommended to be kept in a reef aquarium. When stressed, it can emit a toxin. This toxin can kill an entire tank, including itself. If there are tankmates bothering the fish or if the fish seems near death, then remove either the stressor, or the fish itself. Feed a diet varied with meaty foods (i.e. chopped shrimp, fish, squid, clams, mysid, krill) and herbivore preparations that contain macroalgae. One word of caution, feeding at the surface of the water could cause buoyancy problems, as the fish would ingest air. mojoreef Thu, 23 Dec 2004 13:17:44 -0600