Cube Trunkfish (Ostracion cubicus)

Inhabit lagoon and semi-sheltered seaward reefs. Juveniles (pictured top) often among Acropora corals. Benthopelagic. Solitary. Juveniles expatriating to subtropical zone from the pelagic larval stage. Small juveniles secretive in narrow crevices. Feed primarily on algae with a compliment of microorganisms, invertebrates, mollusks, sponges, sand dwelling polychaetes, crustaceans, foraminiferans, and fishes…

(read more: Encyclopedia of Life)

photos: © FishWise Professional - Dennis Polack

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juvenile Smooth Trunkfish (Lactophrys triqueter)
"Found on coral reefs. Solitary or in small groups. Feeds on a wide variety of small bottom invertebrates such as mollusks, crustaceans, worms, sessile tunicates and sponges exposed by a jet of water ejected through the mouth. Marketed fresh locally. Toxins released when excited kill other fishes. Easily approached…"
(info via: Encyclopedia of Life)

juvenile Smooth Trunkfish (Lactophrys triqueter)

"Found on coral reefs. Solitary or in small groups. Feeds on a wide variety of small bottom invertebrates such as mollusks, crustaceans, worms, sessile tunicates and sponges exposed by a jet of water ejected through the mouth. Marketed fresh locally. Toxins released when excited kill other fishes. Easily approached…"

(info via: Encyclopedia of Life)

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animalworld: SPOTTED TRUNKFISH (Lactophrys bicaudalis)  -  ©George Cathcart

The Spotted Trunkfish is a member of the family Ostraciidae. It can be found in reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean as well as the south eastern Atlantic Ocean. The species gets its name from the black spots it has covered over its yellow/golden body.
The spotted trunkfish, like all trunkfish of the Genus Lactophrys, secretes a colorless ciguatera toxin from glands on its skin when touched. The toxin is only dangerous when ingested, so there’s no immediate harm to divers. Predators however, as large as nurse sharks, can die as a result of eating a trunkfish.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_trunkfish
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trunkfish head on (by George Cathcart)

animalworld: SPOTTED TRUNKFISH (Lactophrys bicaudalis)  -  ©George Cathcart

The Spotted Trunkfish is a member of the family Ostraciidae. It can be found in reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean as well as the south eastern Atlantic Ocean. The species gets its name from the black spots it has covered over its yellow/golden body.

The spotted trunkfish, like all trunkfish of the Genus Lactophrys, secretes a colorless ciguatera toxin from glands on its skin when touched. The toxin is only dangerous when ingested, so there’s no immediate harm to divers. Predators however, as large as nurse sharks, can die as a result of eating a trunkfish.

Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_trunkfish

Other photos you may enjoy:

Pygmy Angelfish - Coral Beauty Angel

Parrotfish

Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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trunkfish head on (by George Cathcart)