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Honeycomb cowfish

HOneycomb Cowfish Intermediate

Honeycomb Cowfish Adult

Common Name: Honeycomb Cowfish

 

Latin NameAcanthostracion Polygonia

 

Location: Occasional eastern Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, also north to New Jersey, Bermuda and south to Brazil.

 

Distinct Features and Information: 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. 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 box fishes are more rounded in shape and may exhibit bright colors. Because of these heavy armoured scales, box fishes are limited to slow movements, but few other fish are able to eat the adults. Boxfish of the Genus Lactophrys also secrete poisons from their skin into the surrounding water, further protecting them from predation Occurs in clear water around coral reefs. Feeds on sponges, alcyonarians, tunicates and shrimp. Size: common length 7-15in. (18 to 38cm).

Special Status or Protections: None

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