Crown Toby (Canthigaster coronata)
Family: Tetraodontidae (Puffers)
Natural Range: Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans
Depth: 20 to 328 ft. Size: 5.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: snails, sponges, algae, molluscs, bristle worms, tunicates, crabs, urchins, crustaceans
Natural History: The Crown Toby is found on sand and rubble seaward reef areas. This species can bring water into its ventral body cavity and inflate to protect itself from predation. It produces and stores toxins (alkaloid nerve poisons) in its skin which also serve as protection against predation. It have strong fused teeth and jaws to crush even the hardest shells.
Husbandry: The Crown Toby will likely be aggressive with other tobies and filefish in an aquarium. It should be housed singly. If this fish dies in an aquarium it must be removed immediately to prevent tank collapse. It should be transferred with a container and not a net to avoid inflation. It may nip at coral polyps and the fins of tankmates, leaving holes in them.
AKA: Four-barred Toby, Crowned Puffer
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