Meredith C. Swartwout, Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences
Dried Mount Oceanic Specimen
This fish is a member of the Family Ostraciidae, likely a Cowfish, though the family also includes boxfish and trunkfish. They are common but strange-looking ocean fishes. Cowfish have “honeycomb”-like patterns on their skin and the two protruding “horns” over the eyes. These fishes have armored scales that are fused together, forming the box-like shape and making them nearly impossible for predators to eat.
University of Arkansas Museum
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fish, trunk fish, marine animal, zoology