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Puffer Fish Facts and Pictures

They often get called balloon fish instead of puffer fish. This is because of their ability to ingest water and air and then expand to several times their original size. They can inflate their body size in an instant into the shape of a large spheroid ball.

Most of the 120 puffer fish species Tetraodontidae exist in warm water oceanic environments. Puffer fish are commonly found in the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans.

A puffer fish has four fused beak-like teeth which they use to eat shellfish, clams, and mussels. They are also known to feed on algae and small crustaceans.

In fact, puffer fish are poor swimmers. Thus, they use their unique inflating fish feature to scare their predators away. Nonetheless, their biggest threat in their natural habitat is from pollution and over-fishing.

Puffer Fish Information on Reproduction

Male and female puffer fishes sexually mature and start to breed from five years old. The female releases several eggs in shallow water near to the shoreline. Tiny young puffer fishes lose their protection as they hatch from the puffer fish eggs. So, they must seek immediate shelter inside reef crevices.

Puffer Fish Habitat Facts

Some puffers can live in freshwater. Some of the species move from marine oceans to fresh water environments in the breeding season. In fact, the largest of the species is the freshwater giant puffer. It measures around 60 centimeters in length.

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Puffer Fish Pictures: Giant Puffer Fish | Not all of these saltwater blow fish exist in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pattaya fish species section has extra information. Read about other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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