One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A porcupine fish with spines that are permanently erected, occurring in tropical waters of the Atlantic and Pacific.
Genus Chilomycterus, family Diodontidae: several species, including the common C. schoepfi of the western Atlantic
- ‘I went hunting for my sea-creature, and I think that it might have been a Cyclichthys orbicularis (Birdbeak burrfish).’
- ‘He noticed fish - four specimens of porcupine and burrfish - during a walk at Kayser's Beach along the water line and counted 86 in a one kilometre stretch.’
- ‘Covered in corals and sponges, it is a colourful environment stacked with sea-horses, young spiny burrfish and cornetfish.’
- ‘This fish is known as a yellow-spotted burrfish or Cyclichthys spilostylus.’
- ‘A spiny burrfish is over-optimistic about staying hidden in the dark.’
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