Striped Boxfish, Ostracion solorensis Bleeker 1853

Other Names: Solor Box-fish

A Striped Boxfish, Ostracion solorensis, on Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, off Queensland. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

Males are bluish-grey to blackish with fine pale blue wavy lines on the back, a broad dark stripe with pale wavy lines along upper side and black-edged white spots on sides. Females have fine black lines on the back, the sides yellowish-brown to greenish-brown with broad black reticulations. Striped Boxfish have a characteristic bony protuberance above the upper lip.
Under stress, boxfish produce poisonous secretions from their skin.

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Striped Boxfish, Ostracion solorensis Bleeker 1853

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from Rowley Shoals, WA, Christmas Island and the northern Great Barrier Reef. Elsewhere, found in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.

Species Citation

Ostracion solorensis Bleeker, 1853, Natuurwetensch. Tijdschr. Nederland. Indië 5: 96. Type locality: Solor, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Striped Boxfish, Ostracion solorensis Bleeker 1853


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37466020

Danger:Poisonous skin secretions

Depth:1-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm TL

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