TRUNKFISH
OSTRACIDAE
Honeycomb Cowfish
Acanthostracion polygonius
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co 50 Spo, Tun, Cru I F
 
 
Description:
Body with a triangular, bony box of armour, formed by thickened, joined, enlarged scale plates that are usually hexagonal in shape; carapace has openinas for mouth, eyes, gill slits and fins and tail. Vary from shades of blue to green to yellow. Reticulated or scrawled design on the head. Mouth small and protrusible, .
Two "horns" on front of head between eyes and pointing forwards. Bold pattern of hexagons outlined by narrow dark lines, centers and areas between hexagons pale. No pelvic fins and tail base lig and very narrow.
Juvenile: Yellow/ orange with black spots.

Ecology
Occurs in clear water around coral reefs, down to 30m (100ft). Feeds on sponges, alcyonarians, tunicates, and shrimps. Uncommon and wary
Honeycomb Cowfish
(C) Robertson & Van Tassell
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Honeycomb Cowfish
(C) Linda Ianniello
Honeycomb Cowfish
(Juvenile)
Synonym:
Lactophrys polygonius
Honeycomb Cowfish
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