Tag: Boxfish, Porcupinefish and Pufferfish (Tetraodontiformes)

Boxfish (Ostraciidae), Porcupinefish (Diodontidae) and Pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) are all members of the order Tetraodontiformes, which consists of 10 families and around 360 separate species.

Other members of this family found in local waters include the Filefish (Monacanthidae) and Triggerfish (Balistidae), however i've moved these into a separate section based on their physical appearance being significantly different from the families included here.

Boxfish (Ostraciidae), Porcupinefish (Diodontidae) and Pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) are all members of the order Tetraodontiformes, which consists of 10 families and around 360 separate species.

Other members of this family found in local waters include the Filefish (Monacanthidae) and Triggerfish (Balistidae), however i've moved these into a separate section based on their physical appearance being significantly different from the families included here.

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Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus)

A pair of approachable Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus) photographed beneath Chaloklum pier.

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Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus)

Although often quite shy, this Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus) photographed beneath Chaloklum pier seemed very relaxed when approached.

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Long-Horned Cowfish (Lactoria Cornuta)

In this photo of the Long-Horned Cowfish (Lactoria Cornuta) found under Chaloklum pier, the fish has closed the rays of the caudal fin, thus giving the fin a far more tapered appearance

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Long-Horned Cowfish (Lactoria Cornuta)

Long-Horned Cowfish (Lactoria Cornuta)

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Yellow Boxfish juvenile (Ostracion Cubicus)

This very small juvenile Yellow Boxfish (Ostracion Cubicus) was first seen at Sail Rock around mid-late January 2011.

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Black-Spotted Porcupinefish (Diodon Hystrix)

The resident Black-Spotted Porcupinefish (Diodon Hystrix) at Sail Rock, resting in its little crevice until nightfall, at which time it will venture out to find its favourite food such as crustaceans, molluscs and Sea Urchins.

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Black-Spotted Porcupinefish (Diodon Hystrix)

The resident Black-Spotted Porcupinefish (Diodon Hystrix) at Sail Rock goes for an impromptu swim during day-time, something that it is rarely seen to do.
Usually this mature adult can be found resting in a narrow crevice at a depth of around 6-7m.

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Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus)

A close-up of a Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus) clearly showing the fused plates which form the mouth and large eyes indicative of a primarily nocturnal species.

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Black-Spotted Pufferfish (Arothron Nigropunctatus)

A Black-Spotted Pufferfish (Arothron Nigropunctatus) hiding under a rock at Koh Wao, Angthong Marine Park.

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Starry Pufferfish (Arothron Stellatus) & Golden Trevally juvenile (Gnathanodon Speciosus)

This Starry Pufferfish (Arothron Stellatus) displayed very uncharacteristic behaviour during a dive at Aow Mao, Koh Tao.