Camel Cowfish (Tetrosomus gibbosus)
Family: Ostraciidae (Boxfish)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 121 to 361 ft. Size: 10 in. Jumps: No Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Benthic invertebrates
Natural History: The Camel Cowfish is found on deep reef slopes, often over muddy bottoms. It occasionally ventures into shallower water to feed in seagrass beds. It has mucus glands that can release ostracitoxin if threatened, which it uses to deter predators.
Husbandry: The Camel Cowfish should be housed in a peaceful community tank away from high-traffic areas. If overly stressed, it may release a toxin (ostracitoxin) which will cause tank collapse. Carbon filtration is reported to be the only method for removing the organic toxin. This fish may swim at the tank surface and spit when it is hungry. This cowfish is reported to nibble at tube worms.
AKA: Humpback Turretfish, Helmet Cowfish, Thornbacked Boxfish
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