General Description

Body robust, encased in a rigid box-like carapace, with stout spines above the eye, along the back and on the lower sides. Males are strikingly-coloured with blue, black, yellow and orange stripes and spots. Females are brownish with a complex pattern of pale stripes, wavy lines and circles. Shaw's Cowfish lacks the a hump on the snout in males of this species and has diagonal lines on snout. Up to 15 cm long head to tail tip.


The Ornate Boxfish is common in shallow seagrass beds in bays and estuaries along the southern coast. This slow moving species feeds on benthic invertebrates.


Southern Australia.


Shallow coastal waters and bays with seagrass or algal cover.

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