Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Tetraodontiformes > Ostraciidae > Ostracion > Ostracion cubicus
 

Ostracion cubicus (Black-spotted boxfish; Box fish; Boxfish; Boxy; Cube trunkfish; Cubical boxfish; Ocellated box fish; Polkadot boxfish; Spotted box fish; Yellow boxfish; Cowfish; Blue-spotted boxfish; Cofferfish; Black-spotted)

Synonyms: Ostacion cubicus; Ostracion argus; Ostracion cubicua; Ostracion cubicum; Ostracion tuberculatus
Language: Afrikaans; Arabic; Carolinian; Cebuano; Creole, French; Danish; Davawenyo; Fijian; French; Ilokano; Japanese; Korean; Kumak; Mahl; Malay; Malayalam; Maldivian; Mandarin Chinese; Marshallese; Numee; Polish; Samoan; Tagalog; Tahitian; Waray-waray

Wikipedia Abstract

The yellow boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) is a species of boxfish. It can be found in reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean as well as the south eastern Atlantic Ocean. It reaches a maximum length of 45 centimetres (18 in). As the name suggests, it is box-shaped. When juvenile, it is bright yellow in color. As it ages, the brightness fades and very old specimens will have blue-grey colouration with faded yellow. It feeds mainly on algae, but will also feed on sponges, crustaceans and molluscs. The fish's diet consists of marine algae, worms, crustaceans, molluscs, and small fish.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    
Ranong   Thailand      
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site   Queensland, Australia
Tsitsikamma National Park II 34343 Southern Cape, South Africa  

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Distribution

Agulhas Current; American Samoa; Arabian Sea; Asia - Inland waters; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Southeast; Australia; Bay of Bengal; Calamianes Islands; Chagos Islands; China; Christmas Island (Aust.); Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Davao Gulf; East Central Australian Shelf; East China Sea; French Polynesia; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Gulf of Aqaba; Gulf of Oman; Hawaii (USA); Hong Kong; Hsiao-liu-chiu; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 3141) 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 <i>Ostracion argus</i>; closely relate; Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 3141) 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 <i>Ostracion argus</i>; closely related to <i>Ostracion immaculatus</i> from southern Japan. Southeast Atlantic: south coast of South Africa (Ref. 3141).; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Japan; Jordan; Kaimon Maru Seamount; Kermadec Islands; Kimbe Bay; Korea, Republic of; Kuroshio Current; Lagonoy Gulf; Lingayen Gulf; Lord Howe Island; Lutao Island; Malaysia; Maldives; Marquesas Islands; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Mozambique; Myanmar; New Caledonia; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; Norfolk Island; North Australian Shelf; North Marianas; Northeast Australian Shelf; Northwest Australian Shelf; Ogasawara Islands; Oman; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Peng-hu Island; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Ragay Gulf; Red Sea; Ryukyu Islands; Réunion; Samoa; San Miguel Bay; Seychelles; South Africa; South China Sea; Spratly Islands; Sri Lanka; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tasman Sea; Tawi tawi Bay; Thailand; Tonga; Tuamoto Islands; Tubbataha Reefs; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Yellow Sea; Yemen;

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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