Meredith C. Swartwout, Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences
Body Mount Oceanic Specimen
Porcupinefish (Family Diodontidae) are famous for their defense strategy of puffing up into a ball by swallowing water or air when they are threatened. By making themselves spiky, round and large, they are more difficult for predators to eat and most larger fish will give up on trying to eat them.
Approximately 43cm. total length
University of Arkansas Museum
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fish, porcupinefish, marine animal, zoology