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Family: Ostraciidae Boxfishes



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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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