Es esto un Pez Erizo Pecoso
If you guessed a porcupine fish…. You were RIGHT!
One of Mother Nature’s practical jokes
You might think that the poodles’ mom didn’t want us being eaten because of all those spines but it’s not just that. Some of us carry a neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin. is 1200x more potent than cyanide.
There seems to be a lot of confusion about this fish. I found that many sources were mistaken by saying that the porcupine fish is the same as a puffer, burrfish, blowfish and or ballonfish by basing their criteria on the fact that they puff-up when frightened . In fact they are all related, coming from the same family, but they are not one in the same. I wont go into great detail about what sets these fish apart but I will give you links so you can explore for yourself.
I found these three to be the best sources:
So how did I come to the conclusion that these were porcupines and not puffers, blow, burr, box, globe, balloon or hedgehog fish? It came down to two last identifying features:
- “unlike the pufferfishes, they have only a single plate of fused teeth in each of the upper and lower jaws.”
- “The porcupinefish is larger than the balloonfish, with a wider head, and has small black spots that cover the body and fins. The skin of the balloonfish is dominated by larger spots or dark blotches that occur only on the body, not on the fins.”
Porcupine fish are also related to our old friend the trigger fish
and the enormous Sunfish that can grow up to over 5000 pounds!
They all coming from the same order: Tetraodontiformes