Porcupinefish with short spines.
|Scientific name||Chilomycterus reticulatus|
|English name||Spotfin burrfish|
|Classification details||Tetraodontiformes Diodontidae|
|Full length||about 50cm.|
|Distribution||Inhabits temperate and tropical regions around the world.|
A member of the Porcupinefish that has short spines all over its body. The back is grey, and the mask is white. It has a teardrop shape where the tail is thinner. The thorns do not stand up even when the body is inflated. The caudal and anal fins are lined with fine black spots.
Inhabits rocky reefs and coral reefs in shallow water and moves alone. Eat crustaceans, etc. When it senses danger, it puffs up its body to intimidate, but unlike porcupine fish, it does not have spines.
It was swimming slowly near the tetrapods on the foreshore. It's quite big and has big eyes, so if you suddenly meet it, you'll be frightened. I also found an individual foraging under the foot of the pier. I tried poking it, but it didn't inflate.
Introducing a picture of Spotfin burrfish.