Fish Species

Spot-Fin Porcupinefish

Spot-Fin Porcupinefish - Description

The Spot-Fin Porcupinefish is also known as the Porcupine Fish or Porcupine Puffer Fish. Like other puffer fish, they have poisonous spines and if eaten can kill a human! They are a very large fish, weighing up to 2.8kg. Mainly nocturnal, they spend much of their time hiding in caves and rock crevices.

Popular Name: Spot-Fin Porcupinefish
Species: Diodon hystrix

Profile of the Spot-Fin Porcupinefish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Spot-Fin Porcupinefish species.

  • Size: Up to 91cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Frozen, Live or Flaked Food

  • Temperament: Can be aggressive towards smaller fish and same species

  • Habitat: Marine Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 50m

  • Range: Eastern Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean, Mediterranean se

Scientific Classification of the Spot-Fin Porcupinefish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Diodon hystrix

  • Popular Name: Spot-Fin Porcupinefish - Porcupine Fish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Tetraodontiformes

  • Family: Diodontidae

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Spot-Fin Porcupinefish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi, Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral..

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