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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Ostraciidae Boxfishes

Genus: Ostracion

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

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ostracion cubicum
[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 immaculatum Temminck & Schlegel, 1850

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Ostracion immaculatum
[ Bluespotted boxfish]



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 solorense Bleeker, 1853

Photo by Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Ostracion solorense
[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

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Ostracion whitleyi
[Whitley's box]



8 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Ostracion cubicum Yellow boxfish Indo-Pacific 45 TL 1758
Ostracion cyanurus Bluetail trunkfish Western Indian Ocean 15 TL 1828
Ostracion immaculatum Bluespotted boxfish 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 solorense 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



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