Common name: Ostracoberycids, Shellskin alfonsinos, Spinycheek Seabass
Unusual deep-sea fishes with rough exposed bones encasing the head, a strong sharp spine at the lower angle of the gill cover, robust fin spines, and small rough embedded scales.

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Carpenter, K.E. 1999. Family Ostracoberycidae. pp. 2551-2552 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

Paxton, J.R., Hoese, D.F., Allen, G.R. & Hanley, J.E. (eds) 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Pisces: Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 7 665 pp.

Quéro, J.-C. & Ozouf-Costaz, C. 1991. Ostracoberyx paxtoni, nouvelle espèce des côtes est de l'Australie, remarques sur les modifications morphologiques des Ostracoberyx au cours de leur croissance (Perciformes, Ostracoberycidae). Cybium 15(1): 43-54. PDF Open Access

Suntsov, A.V. 2007. A tentative Tholichthys stage in development of Ostracoberyx and its bearing on systematics of Ostracoberycidae. Journal of Ichthyology 47(7): 504-510. Abstract