Black-Blotched Porcupinefish

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
Description

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.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes (Pufferfish, Triggerfish, & Filefish)
Family: Diodontidae (Diodontidae)
Genus: Diodon (Diodon)
Species: Diodon liturosus
Size
Average Size: 45 centimetres

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