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Puffy toylike fishes aren’t to be played with

  • COURTESY RUSSELL GILBERT

    Boxfish are named for their rectangular shape, formed by a rigid shell around the body. Only the fishes’ eyes, fins, mouths and tail are movable. Boxfish ooze a poison to ward off predators.

Like its pufferfish kin, boxfish carry a toxin so strong it can kill aquarium mates. And if the little boxfish gets really upset, it can exude, from its skin, enough poison in the tank to also kill itself. Read more

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