A genus of boxfishes with a single species, confined to southern Australia. Body short, circular in lateral view, very deep, somewhat hexagonal in cross section; keel like ridges prominent on dorsal and ventral midlines, especially dorsally; each side with distinct longitudinal ridges ventrolaterally and dorsolaterally with prominent flattened curved spine posteriorly; small flattened spine sometimes above each eye. Dorsal profile of head straight; caudal peduncle sometimes with small bony plates, never forming complete bony ring. Dorsal ridge present, lateral ridges each with a single spine, a small spine present above each eye, and caudal peduncle sometimes with small bony plates, never forming a complete bony ring.
Author: Dianne J. Bray
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Dianne J. Bray, Caprichthys in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Jan 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/genus/261
Matsuura, K. 2008. Families Ostraciidae, Tetraodontidae. pp. 842-856 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.