Saltwater fish. Boxfishes. Body with a triangular, bony box of armor,
dark in color but with white spots and an area of pale honeycomb
markings on the central midbody (L. triqueter).
To be confused with
- Spotted Trunkfish Lactophrys bicaudalis
(Is more round in shape and bigger)
Size: 20c m, max 25 cm.
Colour: Dark with a pattern of small white spots. Dark around the mouth and at the base of the pectoral fin. Mouth small and protrusible.
Shape: Triangular in shape with a narrow top and wide base, the tip of the snout is black, tail broom-like
Juveniles with a dark body, covered with large yellow to pale spots. As they mature, they develop a pale midbody area where the honeycomb markings appear later
Habitat environment and ecology
Inhabits coral reefs. Found on coral reefs, down to 50 m. Solitary or in
small groups. Feed on a wide variety of small bottom invertebrates that
they exposed by a jet of water ejected through the mouth.
BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.
[Marion Haarsma, feb. 2016 ]
- DeLoach, N., & Humann, P. (2002). Reef Fish Identification -
Florida Caribbean Bahamas - 3th Edition. New World Publications, Inc.