Smooth Trunkfish

Scientific Name:

Lactophrys triqueter


Boxfishes (Ostraciidae)

Other names:

Rhinesomus triqueter

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Also known as Rhinesomus triqueter.

Found singly or occasionally in small groups above corals and sometimes over sandy areas.
They feed mainly on algae, but will also feed on sponges, crustaceans and molluscs.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 4-24m
Widespread Western Atlantic & Caribbean

In 2006, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its Bionic concept car, inspired by the Yellow Boxfish.
The bodies of Boxfish are covered in a toxic mucus which can be released when stressed.

Related creatures

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Fishy Stats

Length: 30cm
Depth: 4-24m
Found: Western Atlantic & Caribbean
Eats: Invertebrates, sponges, algae
Family: Boxfishes
Species: Ostraciidae

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