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Updated 12/5/2013

Family Ostraciidae


Ostracion meleagris

Female, Sharks Cove, Oahu, 40 feet


Female, Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 50 feet

Juvenile, Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 5 feet

Juvenile, Cargo Pier, Midway Atoll, 6 feet


Male, Blowhole, Oahu, 20 feet


Indo-Pacific color, Male, Keauhou, Hawaii, 50 feet


Male, Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 8 feet

Male, Sharkfin, Lanai, 50 feet

Transitional phase, Ho'okena, Hawaii

  SPOTTED BOXFISH        moa

Fairly common on reefs at any depth.   Females dark brown with small white dots overall, males dark blue with brown above and large white dots and an orange margin.  Hawaiian and Mexican males usually lack orange dots on the side.  Attains 6 inches.  Hawai�i, the Indo-Pacific, and Tropical Eastern Pacific.