Spiny Box Puffer


Fish Type: Puffers


Scientific Name: Chilomycterus schoepfi


Species: Diodontidae

Color: black, tan, yellow
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 10"
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gal
Relative Care: Moderate
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Spiny Box Puffer is also known as the Web Burrfish. It has a tan to yellow body with dark spots, and short, fixed spines which help protect it from larger, more aggressive fish. Its teeth are actually a fused beak-like structure.

A 180 gallon or larger aquarium is suitable, provided it is a fish-only tank with plenty of room for swimming. It is known to nip at slow-moving fish and long-finned fish, but is not aggressive with others in its own family. It will eat invertebrates found in a reef tank.

The Spiny Box Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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