National Geographic : 1921 Jan
THE QUEEN TRIGGER-FISH (Balistes 'vetula) Found in Florida, Bermuda, West Indian and Bahama waters, and in the Indian Ocean, the Queen Trigger-fish lives on rocky and grassy bottoms. It has a variety of nicknames, such as " Oldwife," " Oldwench" and "Cochina." It takes the hook readily and is esteemed as seafood. This fish gets its name from the fact that the first dorsal fin is composed of a short, stout, rough spine, with a smaller one behind it and usually a third so placed that by touching it the first spine may be set or released. THREE FREAKS OF FISHDOM Cuckold (Lactophrys triqueter), top figure, isasplendid food fish, living in WestIndian waters. The Buffalo Trunkfish (Lactophrys trigonus), lower left,isafood fish, reaching afoot inlength. The Cowfish (Lactrophrys tricornis), center, reaches alength oftwo feet. A face view of theBuffalo Trunkfish isshown inthe lower right corner. Each of.these fishes has itsbody enclosed inahard shell, the fins, eyes and mouth alone being movable. They are often baked in the shell for food.