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The Ostraciidae, otherwise known as the Boxfish, belongs to the family Tetraodontiformes and is similar to the fishes that we know as pufferfish. Ostraciidaenare known for their box-like body shape that is formed because of its large flat scales, their octagonal patterns on their scales, and the form of defense that they use through toxins that are secreted through its skin when attacked. This toxin is triggered when the animal is undergoing stress and is most commonly activated when it is attacked. Recent studies have determined that the toxin that’s released foremost this marine organism closely resembles the detergents that we use and when we add these detergents to the water, it could affect the receptors that these fish use. Boxfishes are most commonly found in the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans.