Hawai'i Coral Reef Network

Fishes of Hawai'i

Family Ostraciidae - trunkfish

Ostracion meleagris - Spotted trunkfish - Moa wav.gif (916 bytes)
Description: boxy in shape with blunt mouth; male -- orange with white spots dorsally, blue laterally; female -- dark brown with white spots dorsally and laterally
Size: to 15 cm
Habitat: found in and around cracks and crevices on reefs; also common in calm shallow waters
Diet: omnivore: feeds on algae, sponges and tunicates


Last update: 1/25/2005