Animal Species:Shortspine Porcupinefish, Cyclichthys orbicularis (Bloch, 1785)
The video shows a stomatopod, Pseudosquilla ciliataobviously, which tried to spear something that turned out much bigger than expected!
Standard Common Name
Birdbeak Burrfish, Fixed Spine Porcupinefish, Orbicular Burrfish, Rounded Porcupinefish
The species can be recognised by its immovable spines and large dark spots.
It occurs throughout south-east Asia. In Australian it is known from tropical marine and warm temperate waters.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology