Spotted Boxfish

Female Spotted Boxfish (Ostracion meleagris) at The Similan Islands Thailand Female Spotted Boxfish (Ostracion meleagris) at The Similan Islands Thailand
A female Spotted Boxfish / Cowfish (Ostracion meleagris)

Credit: Alexander Kiermayer

Male spotted boxfish (Ostracion meleagris) extraimage1alt
A male White spotted boxfish (Ostracion meleagris)

Credit: Emmy Ahlen

Spotted Boxfish Ostracion meleagris
Description

The Spotted Boxfish is known by several other names, including White-Spotted Boxfish, Blue Boxfish, Black Boxfish and 'Cowfish' with similar prefixes.To add to the confusion, males and females differ greatly in colouratiopn, with the males being more colourful. Its scientific name is Ostracion meleagris. It's a small fish that isn't fast and doesn't use camouflage. Instead, its bright colours warn potential predators that it's poisonous to eat. It's a cousin of pufferfish, and can inflate its body when threatened, adding to its defence.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes (Pufferfish, Triggerfish, & Filefish)
Family: Ostraciidae (Ostraciidae)
Genus: Ostracion (Ostracion)
Species: Ostracion meleagris
Size
Average Size: 20 centimetres

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