Cyclichthys spilostylus (Leis & Randall, 1982)
Spotbase burrfish
photo by Henlé, C.

Family:  Diodontidae (Porcupinefishes (burrfishes))
Max. size:  34 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 90 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea to South Africa and east to southern Japan, the Philippines, Australia and New Caledonia (Ref. 9680). Eastern Pacific: Galapagos Islands (Ref. 5227). Mediterranean: Israel (Ref. 43448).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 10-12. Fins unspotted; adults with black spots on sides and belly, the spots associated with spine bases; no spines on caudal peduncle (Ref. 4423). Description: Characterized by greyish brown color on back, white below; spine usually yellow; three large diffuse, brown blotches on side; scattered, short to moderate, immovable spines on head and body, none wholly on caudal peduncle; short tube with two openings, nostril opening (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Found in coastal waters in the vicinity of reefs (Ref. 9680). Lives in seagrass habitats and coastal slopes with sponges. Active during the night (Ref. 48637). Nocturnal and solitary (Ref. 9680), usually found under ledges during the day (Ref. 9710). Juveniles pelagic (Ref. 30573). Feeds on hard-shelled invertebrates (Ref. 9680). Not usually marketed (Ref. 9680).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 25.05.94
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 13.04.18
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 25.05.94

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