The Smooth Trunkfish feeds on a wide variety of small bottom invertebrates, f.e. molluscs, crustaceans, worms, sessile tunicates and sponges exposed by a jet of water ejected through the mouth.
When the trunkfish is excited, toxins are released that kill other fishes.
Lactophrys triqueter, also known as smooth or pearl trunkfish, is a resident of the Caribbean, and widespread found in the tropical western Atlantic, from Bermuda to the coast of northeastern Brazil, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
The smooth trunkfish feeds mainly on crustaceans, worms, mussels, snails, sea squirts and sponges, but also algae and seaweed.
Description: Blackish brown; numerous white, cream or yellow spots; an area on flank with a pale honey-comb pattern; lips and fin bases blackish. Juvenile: black, with white spots.
Ostracion triqueter Linnaeus, 1758
Rhinesomus triqueter (Linnaeus, 1758)