Buffalo trunkfish

These fish are close relatives of puffer fish - this specimen shows a section of the skin prepared on a microscope slide. The hexagonal scales of the boxfish fuse together to form protective armour against predators.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Natural History
Collection Class
Collector Excavator
Sladen, Mr Walter Percy (from the collection of): Carpenter, Dr William Benjamin (from the collection of)
Common Name
buffalo trunkfish
Simple Name
fish: microscope slide preparation
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)

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OSTRACIIDAE: Lactophrys trigonus (Linnaeus,1758:  buffalo trunkfish