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Burrfish Pictures, Facts, and Information

Burrfish


Burrfish

Burrfish
Pictures of burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfi), taken at the Mystic Aquarium. Their habitat is seagress beds and coral reefs from Maine to Brazil. They have few predators because they're covered with spines and, like a puffer, they can inflate their body to twice its normal size. Still, man is the biggest predator, as a by-catch from fishing.
They eat small barnacles, crabs, snails, and clams. They have been seen swallowing hermit crabs whole, including their shells. Burrfish spines are rigid.