Chilomycterus reticulatus

Chilomycterus reticulatus
Spotted Burrfish – Chilomycterus reticulatus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
DiodontidaeChilomycterus reticulatus(Linnaeus)1758Spotted Burrfish

Chilomycterus reticulatus

Unique Characters: Body spines fixed in an erect position and with 3 or 4 roots. One or 2 small spines wholly on dorsal surface of caudal peduncle. Normally 10 caudal-fin rays. Nasal organ of adults an open, ridged cup. Adults with fins spotted; on top of head some spines with 4 roots.

Similar Species:

Web Burrfish
Chilomycterus antillarum

Striped Burrfish
Chilomycterus schoepfi

Chilomycterus antillarum
Web Burrfish – Chilomycterus antillarum
Chilomycterus schoepfi
Striped Burrfish – Chilomycterus schoepfi

Web Burrfish Chilomycterus antillarum. Body spines fixed in an erect position and with 3 or 4 roots. No spines wholly on caudal peduncle. Normally 9 caudal-fin rays. Nasal organ of adults a short, hollow tentacle with 2 openings. Fins of adults usually without spots. All spines with 3 roots. Network of hexagonal to circular black lines on back and sides.

Striped Burrfish Chilomycterus schoepfi. Body spines fixed in an erect position and with 3 or 4 roots. No spines wholly on caudal peduncle. Normally 9 caudal-fin rays. Nasal organ of adults a short, hollow tentacle with 2 openings. Fins of adults usually without spots. All spines with 3 roots. Black lines on wavy or approximately parallel – not intersecting to form rings or polygons.

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