Three-Bar Porcupinefish

Dicotylichthys punctulatus
Image by Richard Ling.

The three-bar porcupinefish has a rounded body that is covered with spines.

The spines on the back are blade-like and fixed in position, but those on the belly and head can be raised. The teeth are fused to form a single plate in both jaws. It grows to 43cm in length.

The three-bar porcupinefish is endemic to Australia. It is found on coastal and offshore reefs, often in rocky areas, from southern Queensland to northern Tasmania.