Ostracion


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Related to Ostracion: boxfishes, Exocoetus

Os`tra´ci`on


prop. n.1.(Zool.) A genus of plectognath fishes of the family Ostraciontidae having the body covered with solid, immovable, bony plates. It includes the trunkfishes (also called boxfish).
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The cube boxfish Ostracion cubicus Linnaeus, is part of the subfamily Ostraciinae, which is characterized by a closed carapace, no ventral ridge and a caudal fin with 10 principal rays (Nelson 2006).
The general body shape and coloration visible in the photographs indicated that the specimen was the common Indo-Pacific cube boxfish Ostracion cubicus.
The genus Tetrosomus can be distinguished by having a 3-angled carapace and a ridge or spine on the dorsal midline as opposed to Ostracion, which presents a 4-angled carapace and no ridge or spine on the dorsal midline.
Its template was a sea dweller from tropical latitudes: Ostracion Cubicus -- more commonly known as the boxfish.