Burr Fish (Chilomycterus schoepfi)

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Burr Fish (Chilomycterus schoepfi)

Also known as ... striped burr fish, boxfish, porcupine fish,

Description ...

The Burr Fish has a short round body, covered in short sharp spines.  They are yellowish green in color with parallel dark brownish or blackish wavy stripes.  There are large spots at the base of the dorsal fin and another behind the pectoral fins.  Their maximum size is about 10 inches.   They can inflate their bodies by taking in water or air as a defense mechanism to scare off predators.  They have a strong parrot like beak they use to feed on mussels and . . .

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