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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Ostraciidae Boxfishes

Genus: Acanthostracion

(See list of species below)



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4 species (see list below)

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Photo by FAO

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

Photo by FAO
 
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]

Photo by Patzner, R.

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

Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Acanthostracion polygonius
[Honeycomb cowfish]

Photo by Pialek, L.

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

Photo by Pialek, L.
 
Acanthostracion quadricornis
[Scrawled cowfish]
4 Species of Family Ostraciidae with Genus Acanthostracion
(Boxfishes)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1865 Acanthostracion guineensis Eastern Atlantic 18 TL
1863 Acanthostracion notacanthus Island cowfish Eastern Atlantic 50 TL
1876 Acanthostracion polygonius Honeycomb cowfish Western Atlantic 50 TL
1758 Acanthostracion quadricornis Scrawled cowfish Atlantic Ocean 55 TL



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