Main Banner
Quick Search (all Fields)  :     -    Advanced SearchEspañol 
Lactophrys triqueterLinnaeus, 1758
Common Name: Smooth trunkfish / Pez cofre banqueta

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpecies
ChordataActinopterygiiTetraodontiformesOstraciidaeLactophrystriqueter
Habitat
Marine. Usually found in reef areas, occasionally over sand.
Natural History Notes
Secretes toxic substances into the water when excited. Observed to blow jets of water at a sandy bottom, presumably to uncover burrowing organisms for food. Feeds on a great variety of invertebrates such as polychaete worms, peanut worms, crabs, shrimps, tunicates, sponges and acorn worms. Normally solitary but occasionally swim in small groups.
Depth
0 - 50m
Characteristics
Absence of any spines from the carapace. Carapace and caudal peduncle blackish with numerous small white spots. Area of pale honeycomb markings on central midbody. Lips and bases of fins blackish. Juveniles : dark body covered with large yellow to pale yellow spots.
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByArturo Dominici
Liz Whiteman
LocalityBastimentos Island
Compiled by
Oscar Puebla
Map
controls
coordinates
up down right left reset
Links
Reference
Bohlke JE & Chaplin CCG (1968). Fishes of the Bahamas and tropical adjacent waters. Livingston Publishing Company, Wynnewood, Pa.

Humann P & Deloach N (2002). Reef fish identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas. New World Publications, Inc., Jacksonville, FL.

Lieske E & Myers R (1994). Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea.. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p.1

Randall JE (1983). Caribbean reef fishes revised edition. TFH Publications, Neptune city, NJ.

Comments
Since the database is a work in progress we would appreciate any comments or additional information we could use to improve this resource
Name:*http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/bocas_database//secimg.php
Type the letters you see on the image
Email:*
Comment:
24044