Boxfishes occupy the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, generally at middle latitudes, although the common or buffalo trunkfish (Lactophrys trigonus) which lives mainly in Florida waters may be found as far north as Cape Cod. The cowfish variety Lactophrys quadricornis can grow to be 50 cm or less in size, but are generally smaller at higher latitudes.
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 are more rounded in shape and may exhibit bright colors. Because of their body scale structure, boxfishes are limited to slow movements.
First Record of the Cube Boxfish Ostracion Cubicus (Ostraciidae) and Additional Records of Champsodon Vorax (Champsodontidae) from the Mediterranean
Oct 15, 2011; INTRODUCTION Boxfishes, sometimes called trunkfishes, constitute a family of bony fish characterized by having a body...