|Copyright: Alfredo Wang (alfhwa)
|Date Taken: 2007-10-23|
|Camera: Olympus Stylus 770SW|
|Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 7:54|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|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.
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