TRUNKFISH
OSTRACIDAE
Smooth Trunkfish
Lactophrys triqueter
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co, R 47 Mol, Cru, Wor, Tun I (Sh) F
 
 
Description:
Adult: Body with a triangular, bony box of armour,
dark in color but with white spots and an area of pale honeycomb markings on the central midbody. Dark around the mouth and at the base of the pectoral fin. Mouth small and protrusible, tail broom-like.
Juvenile:  Dark body, covered with large
yellow to pale spots. As they mature, they develop a pale midbody area where the honeycomb markings appear later.

Ecology
The Smooth Trunkfish may be called that because it is the only member of the Boxfish family that has no spines above his eyes or by the anal fin. Their mouth is rounder than the Spotted Trunkfish.
This species is found on coral/rocky reefs, either solitary or in small groups down to 50 m.  It is found in both single and mixed species foraging bouts. It feeds on a wide variety of small bottom invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans, worms, sessile tunicates and sponges exposed by a jet of water ejected through the mouth. When this species is excited, toxins are released that kill other fishes.
Smooth Trunkfish
Smooth Trunkfish Juvenile
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Smooth Trunkfish
Smooth Trunkfish Juvenile