TRUNKFISHES/ COWFISH/ BOXFISH
OSTRACIDAE
General:
Some species of trunkfishes secrete ostracitoxin, poisonous to other fishes and, to some extent, even to trunkfishes.

Feed on small sessile invertebrates and on algae.

They are territorial and haremic, spawning pelagic eggs at dusk.

Other common names in use are cowfishes and trunkfishes.

About 60 cm maximum length.

A bony carapace enclosing body. Pelvic skeleton absent. Spinous dorsal lacking. Dorsal fin rays 9-13. Anal fin rays 9-13. Non-protrusible upper jaw. Vertebrae usually 18.
BUFFALO TRUNKFISH
Lactophrys trigonus
SMOOTH   TRUNKFISH
Lactophrys triqueter
SPOTTED  TRUNKFISH
Lactophrys bicaudalis
Etymology
Greek, ostrakon = shell
HONEYCOMB COWFISH
Acanthostracion polygonius
HONEYCOMB COWFISH
Acanthostracion polygonius
JUVENILES
Buffalo Trunkfish
Lactophrys trigonus
Smooth Trunkfish
Lactophrys triqueter
SPOTTED Trunkfish
Lactophrys triqueter