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Family: Diodontidae Porcupinefishes (burrfishes)



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Allomycterus pilatus Deep-water burrfish Indo-West Pacific 50 TL 1931
Chilomycterus antennatus Bridled burrfish Western Atlantic 38 TL 1816
Chilomycterus antillarum Web burrfish Western Atlantic 30 TL 1897
Chilomycterus reticulatus Spotfin burrfish Circumglobal 69.7 NG 1758
Chilomycterus schoepfii Striped burrfish Western Atlantic 27.9 TL 1792
Chilomycterus spinosus mauretanicus Guinean burrfish Eastern Atlantic 25 TL 1954
Chilomycterus spinosus spinosus Southwest Atlantic 28 TL 1758
Cyclichthys hardenbergi Hardenburg's burrfish Western Pacific 25 SL 1939
Cyclichthys orbicularis Birdbeak burrfish Indo-West Pacific 30 TL 1785
Cyclichthys spilostylus Spotbase burrfish Indo-West Pacific 34 TL 1982
Dicotylichthys punctulatus Three-barred porcupinefish Western Pacific 40 SL 1855
Diodon eydouxii Pelagic porcupinefish Circumtropical. 27 TL 1846
Diodon holocanthus Longspined porcupinefish Circumtropical in distrib 50 TL 1758
Diodon hystrix Spot-fin porcupinefish Circumtropical. Eastern 91 TL 1758
Diodon liturosus Black-blotched porcupinefish Indo-Pacific 65 TL 1804
Diodon nicthemerus Slender-spined porcupine fish Indo-Pacific 40 TL 1818
Lophodiodon calori Four-bar porcupinefish Indo-Pacific. 30 SL 1854
Tragulichthys jaculiferus Longspine burrfish Indo-West Pacific 30 TL 1818



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cfm script by eagbayani, 30.11.04, ,  php script by cmilitante, 05/11/2010 ,  last modified by cmilitante, 14/03/2013