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Yellow box fish

Ostracion cubicus

Description:

In this photo is the adult. The Yellow boxfish, Ostracion cubicus, is a boxfish of the genus Ostracion, and 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 cm. As the name suggests, it is box shaped. When juvenile, it is very bright yellow in color. See my spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/628... As it ages, the brightness fades and very old specimens will have blue-grey coloration with the faded yellow. It feeds mainly on algae, but will also feed on sponges, crustaceans and mollusks.

Habitat:

Coral reefs.

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4 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Indeed. Some of the fishes have such a different color and pattern when juveniles and when adults. Beautiful both in this case.

Elsa
Elsa 9 years ago

Wow, that's a stark contrast to the juvenile!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

la verdad que yo alucino con los colores y diseños debajo del agua..es otro mundo!

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 9 years ago

Alucinante! Me encanta el dibujo, como si se estuviera agrietando en amarillo :)

The MnMs
Spotted by
The MnMs

Thailand

Spotted on Jun 29, 2011
Submitted on Jun 29, 2011

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