Animal Species:Whitebarred Boxfish, Anoplocapros lenticularis (Richardson, 1841)

The Whitebarred Boxfish has a distinctly hump-backed appearance.  The species occurs in coastal southern Australian waters.

Whitebarred Boxfish at Kangaroo Island

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Whitebarred Boxfish

Alternative Name/s

Humpback Boxfish, High-backed Boxfish, Humpty-dumpty, Smooth Boxfish and White-barred Boxfish.

Identification

The Whitebarred Boxfish is encased in a rigid bony carapace. It has a deep body with keel-like ridges on the upper and lower margins. The eyes are small and placed high on the head. The snout is concave.

Males and females look different. Females and juveniles are orange with black and white blotches and lines. Males are bright orange with distinct white bands. One band passes from the eye to the mouth. A second band passes from the top of the hump on the fish's back, in front of the pectoral fin and back towards the belly. A third band crosses the body in front of the dorsal and anal fins. A fourth band encircles the caudal peduncle.

Size range

The species grows to 20 cm in length.

Distribution

The Whitebarred Boxfish occurs in temperate marine waters of southern Australia from southern Victoria to south-western Western Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Anoplocapros lenticularis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Whitebarred Boxfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Habitat

The species occurs on rocky reefs, usually in depths from 10 m to 40 m.

Classification

Species:
lenticularis
Genus:
Anoplocapros
Family:
Ostraciidae
Order:
Tetraodontiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
  3. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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