Saltwater fish. Boxfishes. Body with a triangular, bony box of armor.
Whitish in color, with numerous black dots on the body, tail base and
To be confused with
- Smooth Trunkfish Rhinesomus triqueter
Size: 15 to 30 cm, max up to 48 cm.
Colour: Whitish in colour, with numerous black dots on the body, tail base and tail fin. White around the mouth.
Shape: Two sharp spines in front of the anal fin, no spines above the eye. Large adults with three light spots in a diagonal row anteriorly on the body at the level of the eye.
Habitat environment and ecology
Inhabits coral reefs. Found in clear water around coral reefs, down to
50 m. Sometimes under ledges and near small holes. Feeds on a variety of
small bottom invertebrates. They are able to secrete a poison to kill
the prey. Their way of locomotion is very characteristic: when at ease
they swim by using only the dorsal, pectoral and anal fins. The tail fin
is only used when high speed is required.
BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.
[Marion Haarsma, march 2016]
- DeLoach, N., & Humann, P. (2002). Reef Fish Identification -
Florida Caribbean Bahamas - 3th Edition. New World Publications, Inc.