Photo of the Day 14 March 2008

Striped Boxfish, Tukangbesi Islands, Indonesia, 2005
Photograph by Tim Laman
A dizzying array of dots and squiggles decorates a striped boxfish (Ostracion solorensis) gliding by a coral reef near Indonesia's Tukangbesi Islands. Boxfish, also known as trunkfish or cowfish, are known for their distinctive boxy profiles and for the bonelike, six-sided plates that cover much of their bodies and protect them from predators.