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Spotfin burrfish

Chilomycterus reticulatus


Short spines on a gray body, with many black spots all over the body & fins. Very large eyes. Length upto 55 centimetres.


Hides mostly during the days in caves or holes, found at depths between 6 and 36 metres. Mostly solitary - feeds on sea urchins and crabs.


If threatened inflates by drawing in water, turning into a ball of spines. May bite divers if harassed.

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PieterHartog 9 years ago

Indeed a nice spotting - keep your distance & don´t touch!

NicoleB 9 years ago

Awesome fish and spotting!
Glad he can defend himself!

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Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Dec 31, 2010
Submitted on Jan 14, 2012

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