SELECT DISTINCT SPECIES.Genus AS ResultField1, SPECIES.Species AS ResultField2, SPECIES.Author AS ResultField3, SPECIES.FBname AS ResultField4, SPECIES.FamCode AS ResultField5, SPECIES.SpecCode AS ID_Field, SPECIES.Length AS ResultField6, SPECIES.LTypeMaxM AS ResultField7, SPECIES.LengthFemale AS ResultField20, SPECIES.LTypeMaxF AS ResultField21, synonyms.year, FAMILIES.CommonName, FAMILIES.Family FROM (SPECIES LEFT JOIN synonyms ON SPECIES.SpecCode = synonyms.SpecCode) INNER JOIN FAMILIES ON SPECIES.FamCode = FAMILIES.FamCode WHERE (FAMILIES.FamCode =SPECIES.FamCode) AND (synonyms.valid <> 0) And ((FAMILIES.FamCode)=446) AND ((Families.Order)= 'Tetraodontiformes') AND ((Species.Genus) = 'Acanthostracion') And ((FAMILIES.Class)='Actinopterygii') ORDER BY species.genus, species.species Fish Identification
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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Ostraciidae Boxfishes

Genus: Acanthostracion

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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 18 cm TL
Acanthostracion guineensis (Bleeker, 1865)

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Acanthostracion guineensis

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Acanthostracion notacanthus (Bleeker, 1863)

Photo by Wirtz, P.
Acanthostracion notacanthus
[Island cowfish]

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Western Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Acanthostracion polygonius Poey, 1876

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Acanthostracion polygonius
[Honeycomb cowfish]

Photo by Pialek, L.

Atlantic Ocean
Max. Length 55 cm TL
Acanthostracion quadricornis (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Acanthostracion quadricornis
[Scrawled cowfish]

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Acanthostracion guineensis Eastern Atlantic 18 TL 1865
Acanthostracion notacanthus Island cowfish Eastern Atlantic 50 TL 1863
Acanthostracion polygonius Honeycomb cowfish Western Atlantic 50 TL 1876
Acanthostracion quadricornis Scrawled cowfish Atlantic Ocean 55 TL 1758

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