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Smooth Trunkfish

on July 5, 2011; last updated July 5, 2011
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The smooth trunkfish “blows” jets of water at the seafloor to uncover organisms that are hidden.

Design

Smooth Trunkfish

The smooth trunkfish “blows” jets of water at the seafloor to uncover organisms that are hidden. How did the fish know to do this? The information was given to this creature by its Creator.

Features

  • The smooth trunkfish has a box-like shape.
  • Its background color is brown with white spots and a hint of yellow in the middle of its sides.

Fun Facts

  • The body of the trunkfish is enclosed by modified scales that are more like bony plates.
  • The surface of the plates is often rough.
  • The male trunkfish has a harem of females in its large territory.
  • It is a slow-moving diurnal predator.

CLASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
ORDER: Tetraodontiformes (cowfishes, filefishes, leatherjackets, puffers, triggerfishes, and trunkfishes)
FAMILY: Ostraciidae (boxfishes, cowfishes, and trunkfishes)
GENUS/SPECIES: Lactophrys triqueter

Size: 6–12 in (15–30.5 cm)
Diet: Mollusks, crustaceans, worms, and sponges
Habitat: Common in the waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico

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