Spotted trunkfish

Spotted trunkfish
Spotted trunkfish
Ostraciidae (Boxfishes)
Lactophrys bicaudalis
0 to 60 ft
The body is creamy white and covered with numerous small black spots. The area around the mouth is whitish (fewer and fainter spots). There are two sharp spines in front of the anal fin. The spotted boxfish grows to a length of 18 inches (45 cm). The spotted boxfish is common throughout Caribbean. It inhabits coral reefs, swimming slowly and often hovering near crevices and under ledges. It feeds primarily on tunicates, sea cucumbers, brittle stars and sea urchins but also eats seagrasses, algae and crabs. It is shy and reclusive and will retreat into a hole when approached.

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