Fish

Bird beak burrfish

Bird beak burrfish

Family name

DIODONTIDAE

English name

Bird beak burrfish

Persian name

Kharposht mahi -e- lab menghari

Characteristics

  • Body rotund and capable of inflation, bearing massive but relatively short, immovable, 3 rooted spines.
  • None of the spines wholly on caudal peduncle.
  • A short movable spine near the corner of the mouth.
  • Teeth relatively thin and fused to form a beak-like crushing structure.
  • Back brown to grey, fading to white on belly; clusters of spots on back and upper sides; faint thin cross bars present but no dark spots on fins.
  • Maximum size: 15 cm.

Distribution

The Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
Bird beak burrfish

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