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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Ostraciidae Boxfishes

Genus: Ostracion

(See list of species below)



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8 species (see list below)

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Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Ostracion cubicus Linnaeus, 1758

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Ostracion cubicus
[Yellow boxfish]

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Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Ostracion cyanurus Rüppell, 1828

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Ostracion cyanurus
[Bluetail trunkfish]

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Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm SL
Ostracion immaculatus Temminck & Schlegel, 1850

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Ostracion immaculatus
[]

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Indo-Pacific and Eastern
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Ostracion meleagris Shaw, 1796

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Ostracion meleagris
[Whitespotted boxfish]

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Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Ostracion rhinorhynchos Bleeker, 1851

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Ostracion rhinorhynchos
[Horn-nosed boxfish]

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Western Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm SL
Ostracion solorensis Bleeker, 1853

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Ostracion solorensis
[Reticulate boxfish]

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Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 11 cm TL
Ostracion trachys Randall, 1975

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Ostracion trachys
[Roughskin trunkfish]

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Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 15.5 cm TL
Ostracion whitleyi Fowler, 1931

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Ostracion whitleyi
[Whitley's box]
8 Species of Family Ostraciidae with Genus Ostracion
(Boxfishes)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1758 Ostracion cubicus Yellow boxfish Indo-Pacific 45 TL
1828 Ostracion cyanurus Bluetail trunkfish Western Indian Ocean 15 TL
1850 Ostracion immaculatus Northwest Pacific 25 SL
1796 Ostracion meleagris Whitespotted boxfish Indo-Pacific and Eastern 25 TL
1851 Ostracion rhinorhynchos Horn-nosed boxfish Indo-West Pacific 35 TL
1853 Ostracion solorensis Reticulate boxfish Western Pacific 12 SL
1975 Ostracion trachys Roughskin trunkfish Western Indian Ocean 11 TL
1931 Ostracion whitleyi Whitley's box Eastern Central Pacific 15.5 TL



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