Species group: Cowfish and Boxfish
Other common names: Spiny Boxfish
Scientific name: Chilomycterus schoepfii
These fish have a prominently large head and a somewhat spherical body. The golden yellow eyes are slightly bulging and slightly wide apart. They have a yellow tan or olive brown body with dark stripes or blotches. The fish has a number of short fixed protruding spines which are always erect and act as a defense against other aggressive fish. When feeling threatened, these fish have the ability to inflate themselves. This is done by taking in air or water through a ventral extension of the stomach. The teeth are fused and form a beak-like structure.
This is a semi-aggressive fish but non-aggressive to fish of the same species. The Striped Burrfish are known to nip at other slow-moving fish. Even other long-finned fish at times fall victim to this fish.
This species requires a 70-gallon tank that has marine coral or rock plants. This is not a reef-compatible fish and is likely to feed upon invertebrates found in the tank. It requires good lighting to thrive.