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The Porcupine Pufferfish is one of the larger members of the pufferfish family. They are able to adjust in both Tropical and Temperate waters ranging from shallow to oceanic settings. They do however seem to prosper mostly in coral reefs as these settings allow hem a variety of food sources plus added protection from predators.

In comparison to some of the other pufferfish at Deep Sea World the Porcupine puffer has a much longer and flatter looking body shape. They have a tan colour covered in brown or black markings across their bodies with sharp needles that lay flat on them.

Much like a Porcupine when stressed or warning of predators these needles point out wards and much like other pufferfish they inflate themselves with air appearing much larger and more intimidating to predators. Although Poisonous these fish have become a delicacy in some Asian countries however they must be prepared very carefully or they could cause death.


Fish: Dangerous defensive fish

What do they eat?

Shellfish and invertebrates


Max 30cm

Water Type

Salt Water

Where are we?

Atlantic Ocean and Red Sea

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