Country: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Taiwan, USA, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam.
Description: The common names of this fish relate to its two main distinguishing features, namely the ability to inflate its body with air or water until it is almost completely spherical, an ability shared by all pufferfish; and also the fact that its body is covered in sharp spines. The combination of these two defence mechanisms means that the Porcupine puffer is very well protected against predators. Any animal that attempts to make a meal of a pufferfish will almost certainly not repeat the mistake! It can reach a size of 90 cm, which is extremely large for a puffer.
Lifestyle: Pufferfish are found throughout the world in tropical waters. They can adapt to a wide variety of habitats, searching at night for prey such as sea urchins, crabs and gastropod molluscs, amongst coral reefs as well as sandy flats, eel grass beds and rocky shorelines.