humpback turretfish

Scientific name Tetrosomus gibbosus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Ostraciidae
Genus Tetrosomus
Tetrosomus gibbosus Tetrosomus gibbosus


Tetrosomus gibbosus, commonly known as humpback turretfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    30 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize the humpback turretfish ?

The humpback turretfish measures between 20 and 30 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly bleu, marron and beige body. The also has polygones.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The humpback turretfish is a fish living in a group or alone. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare oeufs flottants
  • Hermaphrodite

The humpback turretfish is a fish ovipare oeufs flottants. always born female. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become male, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protogynous type.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous

This species is venomous and can cause serious injuries when touched.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    40 - 110 m

Biotope presentation

The humpback turretfish is most often found at a depth between 40m and 110m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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