Species group: Cowfish and Boxfish
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Scientific name: Lactophrys polygonia
These fish have a hexagonal honeycomb-like pattern across the body. The design helps the fish to camouflage itself in its surroundings. The Honeycomb Cowfish has a square caudal fin, and like most Boxfishes, it has a bloated body with a small mouth. The anal and dorsal fins are short and well towards the back of the fish. The pectoral fin is translucent in color.
The Honeycomb Cowfish is considered to be a very shy fish. They are not reef-compatible fish; they prey on sessile invertebrates such as sponges, sea anemones and tunicates. Ideally this fish should be one of the first to be introduced to the tank.
This fish requires a minimum tank size of 180 gallons. The tank should have ample rockwork to ensure that the fish can seek refuge when needed.