Rhynchostracion nasusis commonly referred to as Long-nosed Box-fish, Small-nosed Boxfish, Small-nosed Box-fish. Difficulty in the aquarium: Only for advanced aquarists. A aquarium size of at least 5000 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic.
Rhynchostracion nasus is (very) poisonous and the poison can kill you under circumstances!!!
If you want to keep Rhynchostracion nasus, inform yourself about the poison and its effects before buying. Keep a note with the telephone number of the poison emergency call and all necessary information about the animal next to your aquarium so that you can be helped quickly in an emergency.
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Rhynchostracion nasus also called the Small nosed boxfish, is distributed to the western Indo Pacific; from Sri Lanka and Sumatra to Fiji, north to the Philippines; Palau and Truk in Micronesia. Also found along the whole nothern coastline of Australia, around rocky and sandy substrates.
The Small nosed boxfish has a cubical, boxy body which is protected by a hard shell (carapace) made up of bony plates with gaps for the various tiny fins, the tail and the mouth. It has no horns. It has a small bump on the 'nose' above the upper lip and a ridge along the middle of the back. The fish has a pattern of hexagons with brown spots.
It is said to be toxic. It is probably one of the species that secretes a powerful toxin on the skin (called ostracitoxin). This toxin is poisonous to other fishes and can even kill the boxfish itself if it is confined in an aquarium. Thus they are not recommended for aquariums.