Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes
(Puffers and filefishes) > Ostraciidae
Etymology: Tetrosomus: Greek, tetra = four + Greek, soma = body (Ref. 45335). More on author: Linnaeus.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 37 - 110 m (Ref. 11441), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea (Ref. 3141) and East Africa to Indonesia, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia. Immigrated into the southeastern Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9806); common length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9661)
Inhabits deep coastal slopes and sheltered muddy substrates, usually in deep water offshore, but occasionally shallow near seagrass beds with silty rubble substrates (Ref. 48637). Usually occurs in sandy bottoms in coastal waters. Solitary (Ref. 90102). Feeds on benthic invertebrates. Generally considered as trash fish; not consumed. Its flesh and organs are poisonous (IUCN, http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/154933/0) however,
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Matsuura, K., 2001. Ostraciidae. Boxfishes. p. 3948-3951. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9806)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: potential
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 22.2 - 28.2, mean 26.9 °C (based on 480 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.04898 (0.02799 - 0.08571), b=2.74 (2.58 - 2.90), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.37 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Fec assumed to be > 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 58.4 [23.0, 124.1] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.613 [0.374, 1.209] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.7 [16.4, 20.9] % ; Omega3 = 0.128 [0.066, 0.238] g/100g ; Selenium = 31.9 [16.6, 67.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 58.7 [18.2, 189.7] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.12 [0.73, 1.72] mg/100g (wet weight);