National Aquarium – Porcupine Fish

Porcupinefish

Diodon hystrix

DID YOU KNOW?

The porcupinefish gets its name from the sharp spines that stick out when it inflates with water.

Exhibit Name and Location:
Baltimore - Atlantic Coral Reef

National Aquarium – Porcupine Fish National Aquarium – Porcupine Fish National Aquarium – Porcupine Fish National Aquarium – Porcupine Fish National Aquarium – Porcupine Fish

Porcupinefish

The porcupinefish is a large pufferfish that ranges in color from olive to brown with a pale underside and dark spots over the entire body.

Diet 

Sea urchins, gastropods, crustaceans

Size

A porcupinefish can grow to a maximum length of 3 feet.

Range

Circumtropical

Population Status 

The porcupinefish is not believed to be threatened.

Predators 

Shark and other large fish would prey on porcupinefish, but their defenses ensure they are rarely a meal.

Back to the Top

A Note From the Caretaker

Our porcupinefish routinely visit the veterinarians for a teeth filing, to ensure their teeth do not grow too long.