| Ecological Descriptors
|S, (Co, R)
||Mol, Ech, Cru
Although confused by some with Pufferfish (Tetrodontidae [="four teeth"]), Porcupinefish (Diodontidae [="two teeth"]), differ in their beak-like teeth are fully fused, lacking a noticable groove and have obvious spines on the body. Both families have the ability to enlarge themselves as a predator deterrent.
Adult: Body background is cream, with a honeycomb network of fine black lines on body and head. It has 5-7 large dark blotches on back and sides, including one at the base of dorsal fin. There are no black spots on body or small black spots on fins. It has a large black spot above pectoral fin and a smaller one beneath and posterior to pectoral fin.
Juvenile: Has oranges spines on a black background; fins clear
Adults are found on soft bottoms to depths of 25 m. Its maximum standard length is 25 cm. This is a solitary species that inhabits soft/sandy bottoms. It most often inhabits coral reefs adjacent to seagrasses and rubble areas. It feeds on hard-shelled invertebrate
Web Burrfish Juvenile