Web Burrfish
Chilomycterus antillarum

D. S. Jordan & Rutter, 1897

Common Name Spiny Box Puffer, Bridled Burrfish or Striped Burr Fish
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Tetraodontiformes
Family Diodontidae
Genus Chilomycterus
Species • C. antillarum

The Web Burrfish (Chilomycterus antillarum) is a burrfish that lives in tropical regions of the western Atlantic Ocean. It is a very popular fish in public and private aquariums for its beauty and unique body. They can grow up to 1 foot in the wild.

Captivity Edit

In captivity, burrfish are not recommended in the hands of novice, as they are difficult to take care for. They require a great deal of space to thrive, at least 75 gallons. Also, their food requirements are difficult to meet, as they need shellfish in their everyday diet. Lastly, if provoked the burrfish will inflate themselves, which could easily damage the fish.

Defense Edit

When provoked or scared, burrfish will inflate themselves to escape capture. This often confuses the predator, and causes its small "burrs" or spikes to stick out and cause minor pain if touched. This often causes stress for the fish, and so it isn't healthy for it. However, it can be an effective strategy.

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated

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