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Beautiful Cowfish

Beautiful Cowfish
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-17 1:04
Viewed: 4299
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I think this little beauty is a Cowfish. They belong to the family Ostraciidae, along with Boxfish and Trunkfish.

The names cowfish, boxfish, and trunkfish are often used interchangeably.

The tropical fish from Indo-Pacific waters are square in cross section, and resemble more of a traditional box. These are most accurately referred to as boxfish.

Those found in Atlantic and Caribbean waters are more triangular in cross section. They are called trunkfish.

A boxfish or trunkfish with at least one set of horns is a cowfish
. Even the round, globular species of the temperate Australian waters are referred to as cowfish because of their diminutive horns.

Special features of interest about cowfish:
• Rather than a skeleton, they have a body of exterior fused plates that form a box.
• Their unique method of swimming, called ostraciform swimming, causes them to look as if they are hovering.
• They have no pelvic skeleton, so they lack pelvic fins.
• They have the ability to release ostracitoxin, a poison that can kill all tank inhabitants.


Found at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-17 2:22]

Hello Janice, WoW what a cute looking first. Have not seen this before. I like the way it is expressing with the lip. Well done Ganesh

Hi Janice,
with those lips this is maybe a "kissing fish"
Amazing colours, fine composition and good details.
It's a beautiful picture, my friend.
I put a WS to show how your beloved fern looks right now up here.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-17 12:53]

Hello Janice,
Very nice close up of this beautiful fish.White lips are interesting.Well exposed and composed.Vivid colors,lighting and framing are also excellent.
Regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-17 22:31]

Hello Janice,
I love this Boxfish in beautiful colours. A very nice close-up showing fine details. Nice blue background and well taken through glass.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Janice,

Thats a very nice close up of this beautiful fish. Amazing colours and you show us a lot of fine details. Razorsharp as usual.

a beautiful picture Janice. Thanks. Regards and TFS BOB

Hi Janice,
I love cowfish! Theye're so comical looking and brightly colored and you captured a very nice perspective showing the cool attributes. Thanks for this wonderful image.
Paul :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-10-19 23:35]

Hi Janice,
Was this guy trying to give you a kiss?
A very cute POV of this funny-shaped fish.
The colors are fantastic, with very sharp details.
Great eye contact (which is not easy to get from a fish, however affectionate)
TFS. : )

What a beautiful closeup Janice. TFS and thanks for the detailed info. best wishes.

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