Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon liturosus) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Black-Blotched Porcupinefish

Also known as the Blotched Porcupinefish and the Brown-Backed Porcupinefish, Hedgehogfish, and Long-Spined Porcupinefish among other names (Diodon liturosus) is a medium-sized porcupinefish found in the Indo-Pacific region from Japan to Africa.  Like its cousins, it inflates its body when threatened by swallowing water. Its spines act as an extra defence from predators, both when the fish is inflated and at other times.

Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon liturosus)
Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon liturosus) during a night dive
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon liturosus)
Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon liturosus) on the reef at dusk
Credit: Alex Kiermayer
Black-Blotched Porcupinefish Diodon liturosus
Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Order: Tetraodontiformes (Pufferfish, Triggerfish, & Filefish)
Family: Diodontidae (Diodontidae)
Genus: Diodon (Diodon)
Species: Diodon liturosus
Average Size: 45 centimetres

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