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Family: Ostraciidae Boxfishes



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

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Acanthostracion guineensis
[]



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
 
Acanthostracion polygonius
[Honeycomb cowfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Pialek, L.
 
Acanthostracion quadricornis
[Scrawled cowfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 48 cm TL
Lactophrys bicaudalis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Patzner, R.
 
Lactophrys bicaudalis
[Spotted trunkfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 55 cm TL
Lactophrys trigonus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Fisher, E.
 
Lactophrys trigonus
[Buffalo trunkfish]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 47 cm TL
Lactophrys triqueter (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Pialek, L.
 
Lactophrys triqueter
[Smooth trunkfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 46 cm TL
Lactoria cornuta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Lactoria cornuta
[Longhorn cowfish]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 34 cm TL
Lactoria diaphana (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Lactoria diaphana
[Roundbelly cowfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Lactoria fornasini (Bianconi, 1846)

Photo by Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Lactoria fornasini
[Thornback cowfish]
No picture found


 
Lactoria paschae
[]



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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostracion cubicus
[Yellow boxfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Field, R.
 
Ostracion cyanurus
[Bluetail trunkfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostracion immaculatus
[]



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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostracion meleagris
[Whitespotted boxfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostracion rhinorhynchos
[Horn-nosed boxfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Ostracion solorensis
[Reticulate boxfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostracion trachys
[Roughskin trunkfish]



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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostracion whitleyi
[Whitley's box]
No picture found


 
Paracanthostracion lindsayi
[]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Rhynchostracion nasus (Bloch, 1785)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Rhynchostracion nasus
[Shortnose boxfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Tetrosomus concatenatus (Bloch, 1785)

Photo by Photo by SFSA
 
Tetrosomus concatenatus
[Triangular boxfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Tetrosomus gibbosus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Adams, M.J.
 
Tetrosomus gibbosus
[Humpback turretfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Tetrosomus reipublicae (Whitley, 1930)

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Tetrosomus reipublicae
[Smallspine turretfish]
No picture found


 
Tetrosomus stellifer
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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
Lactophrys bicaudalis Spotted trunkfish Western Atlantic 48 TL 1758
Lactophrys trigonus Buffalo trunkfish Western Atlantic 55 TL 1758
Lactophrys triqueter Smooth trunkfish Western Atlantic 47 TL 1758
Lactoria cornuta Longhorn cowfish Indo-Pacific 46 TL 1758
Lactoria diaphana Roundbelly cowfish Southeast Atlantic 34 TL 1801
Lactoria fornasini Thornback cowfish Indo-West Pacific 23 TL 1846
Lactoria paschae Southeast Pacific 1921
Ostracion cubicus Yellow boxfish Indo-Pacific 45 TL 1758
Ostracion cyanurus Bluetail trunkfish Western Indian Ocean 15 TL 1828
Ostracion immaculatus Northwest Pacific 25 SL 1850
Ostracion meleagris Whitespotted boxfish Indo-Pacific and Eastern 25 TL 1796
Ostracion rhinorhynchos Horn-nosed boxfish Indo-West Pacific 35 TL 1851
Ostracion solorensis Reticulate boxfish Western Pacific 12 SL 1853
Ostracion trachys Roughskin trunkfish Western Indian Ocean 11 TL 1975
Ostracion whitleyi Whitley's box Eastern Central Pacific 15.5 TL 1931
Paracanthostracion lindsayi Southwest Pacific 1932
Rhynchostracion nasus Shortnose boxfish Western Pacific 30 TL 1785
Tetrosomus concatenatus Triangular boxfish Indo-West Pacific 30 TL 1785
Tetrosomus gibbosus Humpback turretfish Indo-West Pacific 30 TL 1758
Tetrosomus reipublicae Smallspine turretfish Indo-West Pacific 30 TL 1930
Tetrosomus stellifer Known from the type local 1801



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