Also known as Blowfish, Globefish, Hedgehog Fish, Spiny Box Puffer, Spiny Boxfish, Spiny Puffer, Swelltoad, Three-barred Porcupinefish, Toadfish.
Found singly, over estuaries, coastal and off-shore reefs.
They feed nocturnally on hard shelled invertebrates.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 1-50m
Widespread Western Pacific
Porcupinefish spines lay flat, but when threatened they can inflate like a "football with spikes" so the spines are facing outwards to deter prey. The have a plated mouth structure for crushing shells or "fingers".
Can give a nasty bite! Ref: https://www.fishbase.de/summary/14489