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Spotted Trunkfish Lactophrys bicaudalis

 

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Spotted Trunkfish
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Family: Ostraciidae, Boxfishes view all from this family



Description 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.


Dimensions Up to 21" (53 cm).


Habitat Tidepools, Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Ocean or bay shallows.


Range Southeast, Florida, Texas.


 

 

 

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