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Aracana ornata

(ornate cowfish)


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Family : Boxfishes ; Occurs in shallow waters, more commonly in depths less than 20 m [1].

Common Names

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Common Names in English:

ornate cowfish

Common Names in German:

Schmuck Kofferfisch, Schmuck-Kofferfisch

Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

丽六棱箱鲀, 麗六棱箱魨


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May be found at depths of 5 to 60 meters.

Typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -82 meters (0 to -269 feet).[2]

Biome: Marine .


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Aracana ornataAracana ornata (Gray, 1838) • Aracana ornata Gray 1838 • Ostracion flavigaster Gray • Ostracion ornataOstracion ornata Gray • Ostracion ornata Gray, 1838


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 10-Dec-1998

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Aracana

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 2 species and subspecies in this genus:

A. aurita (Striped Cowfish) · A. ornata (Ornate Cowfish)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal February 29, 2008:



  1. May, J.L. and J.G.H. Maxwell (1986). Trawl fish from temperate waters of Australia. CSIRO Division of Fisheries Research, Tasmania. 492 p. [back]
  2. Mean = -16.670 meters (-54.692 feet), Standard Deviation = 38.750 based on 9 observations. Ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30