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Early this morning taking a walk at the beach i find this incredible Honeycomb cawfish skin actually is possible to see small hexagon shields made of cartilage, Members of this family occur in a variety of different colors, and are notable for the hexagonal or "honeycomb" patterns on their skin. They swim in a rowing manner. The hexagonal plate-like scales of these fish are fused together into a solid, triangular, box-like carapace, from which the fins, tail, eyes and mouth protrude. Because of these heavy armoured scales, Ostraciidae are limited to slow movements, but few other fish are able to eat the adults.
Find in coral reef from Florida all Caribbean sea to north Brazil.
The various members of this family are able to secrete cationic surfactants through their skin which can act as a chemical defense mechanism. Wikipedia.
Spotted on Jan 20, 2013
Submitted on Jan 20, 2013
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