Ostracion meleagris Shaw in Shaw & Nodder 1796

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 330

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Ostracion meleagris Shaw in Shaw & Nodder 1796


Ostracion meleagris Shaw in Shaw & Nodder 1796   —Spotted boxfish ( Fig. 171 View FIGURE 171 )

Status at New Ireland. New record, based on a specimen photographed on 2 June 2013, first dive, during ACIAR Aquarium Survey at Kavieng; another specimen photographed at St. KVG23 (east side of Bauddisson Island , Kavieng District ) by Serge Andréfouët on 21 Aug. 2014; a specimen observed at Nemto Island , New Hanover , 1– 50 m depth, St. T 23, on 7 Nov. 2006, by Gerald R. Allen.

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1, 2.—General distribution: East and South Africa, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Mexico, north to southern Japan, Ogasawara and Hawaiian islands, south to Great Barrier Reef ( Australia), Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia and Rapa. Found in clear lagoon and seaward reefs; juveniles among rocky boulders, adults on reef crests and slopes, 0–58 m depth. Marine.