Striped Burrfish


The Striped Burrfish, ​scientifically named Chilomycterus schoepfi, is an attractive yet resilient species belonging to the‌ family Diodontidae. Renowned for its distinctive appearance marked by sharp, retractable spines, unique stripes, and large,​ bulbous ‍eyes. Known for their slow‍ and deliberate manner of movement, these burrfish ⁣can often be spotted in shallow water.

Conservation Status

Currently, the Striped Burrfish is listed as “Not Evaluated” concerning its ⁤conservation ⁣status. However, the species is fairly common, indicating‌ a ​stable population.


Parameter Average Range
Length 30 cm Up to 35 cm
Weight Not specified Not specified
Average Lifespan 5-10 years Up to 15 years in captivity


The habitat of Striped Burrfish extends from Maine to the northeast of Florida in the U.S. up to Bermuda. The Burrfish ⁣usually prefer shallow seas and bays,‍ they have non-migratory behavior and prefer to stay within their territory.


  • Water Type: Saltwater
  • Depth Range: Up to 60 meters
  • Temperature Range: ‌Prefers warm waters

When and​ Where​ to See

Striped ​Burrfish can⁤ be seen throughout the year, especially around underwater structures. They’re typically found during the​ day, lingering ⁣close to ‌the seabed.

Best Fishing Locations

Since Striped Burrfish ‍tend not to travel far, any reefs, rocks or underwater structures off the coast of the Southeastern U.S., Bermuda, and off the coast of Brazil are prime locations for ‌spotting ​this species. Always bear in mind local regulations pertaining to species protection wherever you fish.

How to Catch

Given their diet primarily consists of shelled invertebrates, they can be ⁣trapped using bait such⁢ as mollusks or small fish. They often respond to bottom fishing and ⁤small hook tactics due to ‍their ‍love of feeding on the seabed. Fishing during ‌the daytime hours is recommended as they are more active during‌ this time.

Identification Guide

The⁣ Striped Burrfish sports an overall brownish hue with distinct, vertical creamy- yellow or white stripes. Bristling with sharp‌ spines, possessing a⁤ blunt snout and large eyes, it’s easy to identify them against other species. One thing to notice is their spines, which are only erect when the fish is disturbed or threatened.


Commonly‌ may be confused with porcupine fish as both have similar body structure and spines, but the Striped Burrfish stands out‍ with its ⁤stripes and a more rounded‍ body.


While not typically targeted ⁤for food due to its small ⁢size, ​in some cultures, the Striped Burrfish⁣ is consumed as part of traditional coastal cuisine. Always ensure proper preparation and ‍cooking to ​negate‌ risk as⁣ the Burrfish family can‍ contain toxins if improperly handled.

Additional Information

  • Behavior: ‌ The Striped Burrfish are considered solitary creatures, spending their time in and around underwater structures. They’re also slow swimmers and tend to⁤ ‘hover’ in the water rather than darting about.
  • Predators and Threats: Striped Burrfish ‍fall prey to larger predatory fish. As for human-induced threats, they could be potentially susceptible to habitat loss or degradation caused by pollution⁢ or climate change.
  • Cultural/Historical Significance: With its⁢ unique appearance, the ⁣Striped Burrfish have found place in various forms of aquatic artwork and aquaria displays. Traditional coastal communities also consider them as ⁣part ​of their local marine biodiversity.

References and Further⁤ Reading

For those interested in learning more about the Striped Burrfish, the following resources are recommended:

Florida Museum – Ichthyology department

Fishbase – Comprehensive fish database

Reef Life Survey

These resources provide a deeper look into the biology​ and ⁤ecology⁤ of the Striped Burrfish, their relationship with their habitat, their distribution, and various conservation efforts aimed at preserving this delightful fish species.