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Long-spine porcupinefish

Diodon holocanthus


The long-spine porcupinefish has dark patches on its sides and back. It has long spines that protrude from all over its body, except for the fins and face. Common names for this fish include balloonfish, balloon porcupinefish, blotched porcupinefish, brown porcupinefish, freckled porcupinefish, hedgehog fish, and spiny puffer. The long-spine porcupinefish has an elastic stomach, flexible skeletal structure, and stretchy skin, all which allow it to inflate like a balloon. The teeth of both the upper and lower jaws of this fish are fused, forming a solid, heavy beak. This beak makes cracking the shells of snails, sea urchins, and hermit crabs easy.




LASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) ORDER: Tetraodontiformes (cowfishes, filefishes, leatherjackets, puffers, triggerfishes, and trunkfishes) FAMILY: Diodontidae (burrfishes and porcupinefishes) GENUS/SPECIES: Diodon holocanthus Size: Up to 24 in (60 cm) Diet: Mollusks, crabs, and sea urchins Habitat: Shallow areas in tropical waters of the world Source:

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Jellis 10 years ago
Long-spine porcupinefish
Diodon holocanthus Long-spine porcupinefish

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wow, in our own dialect in E. Samar, Philippines we call it "Otit". Thanks Jellis!


loganrobertson321 10 years ago

Weird looking :)

Eastern Samar, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 18, 2012
Submitted on Aug 18, 2012

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