Cyclichthys orbicularis

Rounded porcupinefish | Birdbeak Burrfish | Fixed Spine Porcupinefish | Orbicular Burrfish | Shortspine Porcupinefish
Cyclichthys orbicularis
Cyclichthys orbicularis, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Cyclichthys orbicularis
Cyclichthys orbicularis, Lembeh, Sulawesi, Photo: Ian Shaw
Cyclichthys orbicularis
Cyclichthys orbicularis, WA, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Cyclichthys orbicularis
Cyclichthys orbicularis
Cyclichthys orbicularis


Temperate Africa, Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Short, thick, widely-spaced spines. Dark honeycomb-pattern patches on light brown to white body.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21-30.8°C

Depth: 9-170 m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Rare (0.8% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland