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Florida Manatee & Aquatic Center Animal Fact Sheet
Chilomycterus schoepfi

Northern Gulf of Mexico to Braziil and Maine. From Chesapeake Bay to Patuxent River.

The body of the Striped Burrfish is made up of a gray coat embellished with dark splotches along the entirety of the body. They have golden eyes with iridescent blue-green specks in the pupils. Their bodies are covered in short, heavy spines that are always erect because they are fixed. The Striped Burrfish uses their pectoral fins and tails to move around.

As a way of protecting themselves, they can take in a large amount of water to inflate their bodies, which compliment their threatening spines all over their body.
The Striped Burrfish can be categorized as a Southern puffer fish, which are primarily active during the day. During the night, the southern puffers settle into the sandy bottom. Their mouths are made up of short, parrot-like beaks, which they use to crush and consume their prey sometimes whole. Their beaks do not include teeth. Instead, they have bony plates used to crush their prey.

Habitat: A mostly solitary bottom dweller; Inhabit seagrass beds in bays and coastal lagoons, and live in shallow coastal reefs.
Diet: Nocturnally feed on invertebrates (hermit crabs and barnacles), small fish, snails, crabs, and clams.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 10 in
Lifespan: Up to 5 years
Reproduction & Offspring:

Little is known regarding Striped Burrfish breeding, but it has been said that they are nocturnal breeders.


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