Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Tetraodontiformes > Ostraciidae > Lactophrys > Lactophrys trigonus

Lactophrys trigonus (Trunkfish; Buffalo trunkfish)

Synonyms: Ostracion expansum; Ostracion trigonus; Ostracion undulatus; Ostracium expansum
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Wikipedia Abstract

Lactophrys trigones, commonly called the buffalo trunkfish or trunkfish, is a boxfish native to the Western Atlantic.
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Protected Areas

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Calamus bajonado (Jolthead porgy)1
Canthigaster rostrata (Sharpnose pufferfish)1
Halichoeres radiatus (Puddingwife wrasse)1
Sphoeroides spengleri (Puffer)1


Carcharhinus perezii (Caribbean reef shark)[1]
Epinephelus striatus (White grouper)[1]
Sphyrna mokarran (Squat-headed hammerhead shark)[1]


Parasitized by 
Dermadena lactophrysi[3]
Haliotrema guadeloupensis <Unverified Name>[3]
Hypocreadium lactophrysi[3]
Neobenedenia melleni[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
John G. Shedd Aquarium
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo


Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Brazil; Canada; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Discovery Bay; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; French Guiana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Mexico; Montserrat; Nicaragua; North Brazil Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Panama; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Is.; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK); Western Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951), Massachusetts (USA) to Brazil, including Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Mediterranean Sea (Ref. 50345).;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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