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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Acanthostracion polygonius
      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.
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