National Aquarium – Porcupine Fish

Spotfin 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

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Spotfin Porcupinefish

The spotfin 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 spotfin porcupinefish can grow to a maximum length of 3 feet.

Range

Circumtropical

Population Status 

The spotfin porcupinefish is not believed to be threatened.

Predators 

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

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A Note From the Caretaker

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