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Spotted Trunkfish

The Spotted Trunkfish (Lactophrys bicaudalis) is a species of fish found in reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean as well as the south eastern Atlantic Ocean. It gets its name from the black spots it has covered over its yellow/golden body.

Like all trunkfish in the Genus Lactophrys, the Spotted Trunkfish secretes a colorless ciguatera toxin from glands on its skin when touched. It is only dangerous if ingested. Predatory fish, as large as nurse sharks, can die as a result of eating this fish.

Spotted Trunkfish