Fish Species

Puffer Fish

Puffer Fish Species
When threatened, Puffers can inflate their body by swallowing water to increase their apparent size to deter predators.

In addition some puffers produce an extremely poisonous toxin called anhydrotetrodotoxin 4-epitetrodotoxin and is over a 1,000 times more poisonous than potassium cyanide, this toxin is found in the skin, liver, and gonads.

Some puffers are considered a delicacy, this is especially true in Japan, if not prepared properly, eating them can cause serious illness, or even death, this explains the precaution of a doctors presence in Japanese restaurants serving their customers Puffer fish, this is a result of strict government regulation and licensing.

There are several species of Puffer Fish including Porcupine Puffer, Dogfaced Puffer, Jewel Puffer, Valentinni's Puffer and Sharpnose Puffer.

White Spotted Puffer Fish Jewel Puffer Fish Spotted Sharpnose Puffer Fish
Valentinni's Sharpnose Puffer Porcupine Puffer Fish Dogfaced Puffer Fish


Interesting Information and Facts - Why do most Puffer Fish Species have gills?

Gills enable most Puffer Fish Species to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some species, however have lungs and breathe air.

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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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