White-spotted Boxfish

(Ostracion meleagris)

Ostracion meleagris, commonly known as the white-spotted boxfish or spotted trunkfish, is a species of boxfish belonging to the family Ostraciidae. Here are some key characteristics and information about Ostracion meleagris:

  1. Physical Appearance: The white-spotted boxfish has a distinctive boxy, angular shape with a hard, rigid carapace that covers most of its body. It is usually yellow or light brown in color with numerous small white spots scattered over its body. These spots give it a speckled or mottled appearance. The fins are small and often blend with the body color. Adult males are generally blue while Adult females are black with white spots.
  2. Size: They typically grow to a maximum length of about 20-30 centimeters (8-12 inches), though some individuals may reach slightly larger sizes.
  3. Distribution: Ostracion meleagris is found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, ranging from the Red Sea and East Africa to the western Pacific Ocean, including areas like the Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia, and Japan.