Photo of the day – Striped Boxfish


 

National Geographic

March 14, 2008

Striped Boxfish, Tukangbesi Islands, Indonesia, 2005

Photograph by Tim Laman

A dizzying array of dots and squiggles decorates a striped boxfish (Ostracion solorensis) gliding by a coral reef near Indonesia’s Tukangbesi Islands. Boxfish, also known as trunkfish or cowfish, are known for their distinctive boxy profiles and for the bonelike, six-sided plates that cover much of their bodies and protect them from predators.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Why Are Coral Reefs So Colorful?” May 2005, National Geographic magazine)

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~ by Stampfli & Turci on March 14, 2008.

One Response to “Photo of the day – Striped Boxfish”

  1. Very beautiful picture. A point of clarification. The “cowfish” is a type of boxfish – the kind with “horns” on its head. Which is kind of ironic, because cows don’t have horns, bulls do. But that is another story… I have a very pretty trunkfish photo on my blog as well. Perhaps not as colorful as yours, but worth a look since she’s head on.

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