Honeycomb boxfish

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Honeycomb boxfish
Honeycomb boxfish in the Caribbean near Bonaire.

Honeycomb boxfish in the Caribbean near Bonaire .

Perch relatives (Percomorphaceae)
Order : Puffer fish (Tetraodontiformes)
Family : Boxfish (Ostraciidae)
Subfamily : Ostraciinae
Genre : Acanthostracion
Type : Honeycomb boxfish
Scientific name
Acanthostracion polygonius
Poey , 1876

The honeycomb boxfish ( Acanthostracion polygonius ) lives in the tropical, western Atlantic , from New Jersey and Bermuda to the coast of Brazil and in the Caribbean , but not in the Gulf of Mexico . With the Gulf Stream specimens are drifted to the coast of New England .


The fish can reach a maximum length of 50 cm, but usually stick to a length of 25 cm. On a yellowish background they show a pattern of five- to seven-cornered, closely spaced spots that are bordered by thin dark lines. The ventral side is purple. There are two spines above the eyes.

Way of life

The fish live far from the coast as solitary animals and prefer to stay at depths of 3 to 80 meters over coral and rock reefs . They feed on various invertebrates, such as sea ​​anemones , shrimp , sponges , gorgonians and sea ​​squirts .


  • Ewald Lieske, Robert F. Myers: Coral fish of the world . 1994, year publisher, ISBN 3-86132-112-2

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