Kwajalein Toby (Canthigaster solandri)
Family: Tetraodontidae (Puffers)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 33 to 118 ft. Size: 4 in. Jumps: No Space: 40+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Algae, snails, coral polyps, molluscs, bristle worms, tunicates, urchins, and crustaceans
Natural History: The Kwajalein Toby is found on rocky reef areas, tide pools, and lagoons. It prefers gentler water movement and is most commonly observed in pairs. 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 Kwajalein 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: Spotted Toby
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