Did you know?
This animal enjoys a varied diet of molluscs, crustaceans, coral polyps and algae.
All pufferfish contain a toxin (tetrodotoxin) in their skin, their viscera and their reproductive glands. It comes from bacteria in their food.
This species is found in tropical waters from the Indian Ocean to the central islands of the Pacific Ocean.
In addition to their toxicity, pufferfish have another defence mechanism. To scare off predators, they swallow water, filling up their stomach, which stretches significantly, as does their skin. Once they are puffed up, they look much more intimidating and would be hard for a predator to swallow.
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