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Facts about Puffer Fish

Puffer Fish Facts - They are often called balloon fish because of their ability to ingest water and air then expand to several times their original size. They can inflate their body size instantly 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.

Because they are poor swimmers, puffer fish 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 Facts about 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 and they must seek immediate shelter inside reef crevices.

Puffer Fish Habitat Facts

Although some puffers also live in freshwater, some of their 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 measuring around 60 centimeters long.

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Giant Puffer Fish Puffer Fishes

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

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