Yellowstriped Boxfish, Kentrocapros flavofasciatus (Kamohara 1938)

Yellowstriped Boxfish, Kentrocapros flavofasciatus. Source: Ken Graham / NSW Fisheries. License: All rights reserved

A boxfish with bluish upper sides and two broad yellow stripes along the head and body: the first through the eye and following the dorsal profile to below the dorsal fin, and the second from the upper jaw running above the pectoral-fin base to behind the dorsal-fin.
Females have many distinct round black spots on the back and upper sides, a broad bluish stripe behind the eye, and lack the yellow stripes of males.

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Yellowstriped Boxfish, Kentrocapros flavofasciatus (Kamohara 1938)

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Northeast of Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, and off Cairns, Queensl;and to off Moruya, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Western and central North Pacific (New Caledonia, East China Sea, Japan, Hawaii).


Dorsal fin 9-11; Anal fin 10; Pectoral fin 12-13; Caudal fin 11. 

Gill opening slightly oblique, located below the posterior half of eye, with posterior end of gill opening not reaching below posterior edge of eye. Dorsal and lateral surfaces of caudal peduncle with isolated bony plates.

Species Citation

Aracana flavofasciata Kamohara 1938, Offshore Bottom-fishes of Prov. Tosa, Shikoku, Japan:44, fig. 23. Type locality: Urado, Kochi, Japan.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Yellowstriped Boxfish, Kentrocapros flavofasciatus (Kamohara 1938)


Ikeda, H. 2003. Fresh color of a rare boxfish, Kentrocapros flavofasciatus from Kii Peninsula, with notes on its range extension. I.O.P. Diving News 14(9): 2-3. (In Japanese with English abstract.)

Kamohara, T. 1938. On the Offshore Bottom-fishes of Prov. Tosa, Shikoku, Japan. Tokyo : Maruzen Kobushiki Kaisha 86 pp. 

Kim, K.-M. & Kim, J.-K. 2017. New record of Kentrocapros flavofasciatus (Kamohara, 1938) (Tetraodontiformes: Aracanidae) in Korea. Kor. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 50(5): 589-593 (in Korean), open access

Matsubara, K. 1955. Fish morphology and hierarchy. Tokyo : Ishizaki-shoten xi+v+1605+xiii pp., 536 figs, 135 pls. 

Matsuura, K. 2001. Ostraciidae, Aracanidae, Triodontidae, Tetraodontidae. pp. 3948-3957 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. 6 pp. 3381-4218. 

Matsuura, K. 2006. Redescription of the rare boxfish, Aracana spilonota, with comments on its taxonomic position and a record of another rare boxfish, Kentrocapros flavofasciatus, from southeastern Australia. National Science Museum Monographs 34: 273-277 

Matsuura, K. 2015. Taxonomy and systematics of Tetraodontiformes fishes: a review focusing primarily on progress in the period from 1980 to 2014. Ichthyological Research 62(1): 72-113., open access.

Matsuura, K. & Tyler, J.C. 1997. Tetraodontiform fishes, mostly from deep waters, of New Caledonia. pp. 173-208 in Séret, B. (ed.) Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM 17. Mémoires du Muséum nationale d'Histoire naturelle Series A (Zoologie) 174: 1-213 

Matsuura, K. & Yamakawa, T. 1982. Rare boxfishes, Kentrocapros flavofasciatus and K. rosapinto, with notes on their relationships. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 29(1): 31-42 figs 1-13

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CAAB Code:37466023

Depth:80-300 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm SL

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