06 May 🐡 It’s the Yellow Boxfish!
Our mystery animal is the…
🐡Yellow Boxfish! 🐡
Its scientific name is 𝘖𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘶𝘣𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘴. Both the common and scientific name refer to its amazingly box-shaped body.
Around Australia, boxfish occur from the central coast of Western Australia around the tropical north and down the east coast to south of Sydney.
Baby boxfish generally settle on sheltered rocky and coral reefs, with young fish often found in small groups. Adults are usually solitary, occurring on deeper coastal slopes and areas where there are crevices and ledges for shelter.
Yellow boxfish mainly eat algae, but will also feed on small marine animals like worms and small fish.
In 2006, Mercedes-Benz created a new type of car that was inspired by the shape of the yellow boxfish! However it was later discovered that this shape was not a good one to model a car on!
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