Three-bar Porcupinefish (Dicotylichthys punctulatus)

Also known as Blowfish, Globefish, Hedgehog Fishes, Spiny Box Puffer, Spiny Boxfish, Spiny Puffer, Swelltoads, Three-barred Porcupinefish

Description

Also known as Blowfish, Globefish, Hedgehog Fishes, Spiny Box Puffer, Spiny Boxfish, Spiny Puffer, Swelltoads, Three-barred Porcupinefish.

Found singly over estuaries, coastal and offshore 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

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