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Fish ID from the Maldives

Discussion in 'General Reefkeeping Discussion' started by TheRealChrisBrown, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    My inlaws just returned from a 2 week live aboard in the Maldives, 3 deep water dives per day. The took these pictures of a Box Fish, and were having a difficult time finding it's name. If I had to venture a guess it's maybe a juvenile yellow spotted box fish that is transitioning?

    These 2 are their pictures of fish in question:

    Screenshot 2020-01-29 at 7.51.02 AM.png

    Screenshot 2020-01-29 at 7.51.30 AM.png

    And this is a pic from the web of what I think the full adult might look like (Ostracion Cubicus):
    108514331-boxfish-ostracion-cubicus-in-the-maldives.jpg

    What do you guys think? I know we have some expert fish ID'ers out there!
     
  2. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Bottom one is likely a male Ostracion Meleagris - or white spotted boxfish. Females are different. I am no expert, though.

    Their patters can be so aberrant and also change from juvi to adult that you might never find out. :(
     
  3. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

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  4. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

  5. scchase

    scchase Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Same genus different species top fish is a female adult Ostracion cubicus bottom is a male
    Ostracion meleagris
     
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  6. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Thank you @jda123 @MuralReef @scchase , I'll let the in-laws know.

    They sent me a pic of a powder blue tang and said it was like 12 inches long. I said it looks just like mine....so unless they start having the fish pose next to a beer can I can't trust their size estimates. lol. They do not think I am amusing.
     
  7. scchase

    scchase Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Masks make all the fish look bigger though Powder Blues to get to 9" so not too far off with the mask magnification
     
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  8. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I'm still pushing for beer can sizing pics....
     

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