English : Striped burrfish
French : Poisson porc-épic rayé
Class : Teleostei
Order : Tetraodontiformes
Family : Diodontidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach a maximum length of 27 cm for a weight of 630 g. Box-shaped body with flattened back and belly. Body covered in short erect spines. Coloration brown to beige with wavy lines covering flanks. Scattered big dark spots.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in the western Atlantic ocean from south Canada to Bahamas and northern Gulf of Mexico, south to Brazil. Absent from West Indies. Lives in bays and coastal lagoons, shallow coastal reefs, down to 11 meters.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is still common in some areas but declining in others because of over-collection for aquarium trade and habitat degradation and pollution.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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