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Trunkfish


Trunkfish
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Copyright: Alfredo Wang (alfhwa) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 19] (93)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-23
Categories: Fish
Camera: Olympus Stylus 770SW
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 7:54
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Trunkfish shot at Secret Harbour beach in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Island.

The boxfishes are a family, Ostraciidae, of squared, bony fish belonging to the order Tetraodontiformes, closely related to the pufferfishes and filefishes. They come in a variety of different colors, and are notable for the hexagonal or "honeycomb" patterns in their skin and skeletons. They swim in a rowing manner. Fish in the family are known variously as boxfishes, cofferfishes, cowfishes and trunkfishes.

The hexagonal plate-like scales of these fish are fused together into a solid, triangular, box-like carapace, from which the fins and tail protrude. Young boxfishes have a more rounded in shape and may exhibit bright colors. Because of their body scale structure, boxfishes are limited to slow movements.

Source: Wikipedia


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