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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Ostraciidae Boxfishes

Genus: Acanthostracion

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

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

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Acanthostracion notacanthus
[Island cowfish]



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

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Acanthostracion polygonius
[Honeycomb cowfish]



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

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Acanthostracion quadricornis
[Scrawled cowfish]



4 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Acanthostracion guineense 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



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