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Incredibly Amazing Ball-like Fish For Your Aquarium Tank: Toxic But Edible Species

There are millions of fishes in the world. Many are kept as marine pets in aquaria. Many are consume as food and some are game fish. They come in different sizes, colors, shapes and physical appearance. The most common shape of fish is tubular or elongated. There are also flat fishes. Ball-like fishes are not naturally occurring. Some species of fish has the ability to transform from their original shape into a ball-like appearance.

There are millions of fishes in the world. Many are kept as marine pets in aquaria. Many are consume as food and some are game fish. They come in different sizes, colors, shapes and physical appearance. The most common shape of fish is tubular or elongated. There are also flat fishes. Ball-like fishes are not naturally occurring. Some species of fish has the ability to transform from their original shape into a ball-like appearance.

Fish that can transform into ball-like appearance is known by various common names such as Pufferfish, Puffers, Balloonfish, Blowfish, Bubblefish, Globefish, Honey Toads, Sea Squab, Sugar Toads, Swellfish, Toadfish and Toadies. Here are some of the most notable species of Pufferfish that can change shape when frightened or threatened.

Guineafowl Puffer

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  • Common name/s: Guineafowl Puffer
  • Other name/s: Fugu – Japan, As Bok – Korea,
  • Range: Indo and Eastern Pacific Ocean
  • Binomial name: Arothron meleagris
  • Size: Up to 20 centimeter in length
  • Characteristics: Guineafowl Puffer is kept as exotic pet. It is one of the most prolific Puffer fish species.

Star Puffer

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  • Common name/s: Star Puffer
  • Other name/s: Starry Toadfish
  • Binomial name: Arothron stellatus
  • Range: Indo-Pacific region
  • Size: Up to 120 cm in length
  • Characteristics: The Star Puffer is a beautifully spotted and striped fish that occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade.

White-spotted Puffer

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  • Common name/s: White-spotted Puffer
  • Other name/s: Stars and Stripes Puffer
  • Binomial name: Arothron hispidus
  • Size: Up to 50 centimeter in length
  • Range: Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific regions
  • Depth range: 3-35 meters
  • Habitat: Estuaries, lagoons, reefs and tidal pools
  • Diet: Corals, coralline algae, crabs, krill, mollusks, polychaete worms, silversides, sponge, starfish and urchins.
  • Characteristics: This aggressive fish species is kept sometimes as an exotic marine pet for its beautiful coloration and patterns.

Puffer fish are unique and unusual species. They are regarded as the world’s second most poisonous vertebrates, next to the Golden Poison Frog. Internal organs such as liver and even the skin are highly toxic when eaten by other animals.

Although Puffer fish are toxic, some species are considered delicacies in Japan. It should be noted that Puffer fish should be eaten only if it was prepared by an expert chef.  The Japanese word for Pufferfish” is Fugu. Fugu is also the name of a popular Japanese dish which is one of the most celebrated and notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine.

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