uncommon caribbean

Scrawled cowfish (Acanthostracion quadricornis)

The scrawled cowfish belongs to the Ostraciidae family and is closely related to boxfish and trunkfish. They range in size from 8-15 inches, with a maximum length of 18 inches, and can be found at depths between 6 and 80 feet. It is common to occasional in Florida and Bahamas; occasional to uncommon in the Caribbean. It may occur in the Gulf of Mexico, north to Massachusetts, Bermuda and south to Brazil in tropical and temperate waters. Because the scrawled cowfish is a shallow water species, it will mostly always be found in and along grass beds. However it is wary. If disturbed it may remain motionless apparently relying on camouflage.The scrawled cowfish likes to eat small invertebrates such as crabs and tunicates. It also will feed on some species of marine vegetation.

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