Es Esto…. #3


Es esto un Pez Erizo Pecoso

If you guessed a porcupine fish…. You were RIGHT!

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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:

www.princeton

flmnh.ufl.edu

mexfish.com


 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:

  1. “unlike the pufferfishes, they have only a single plate of fused teeth in each of the upper and lower jaws.”
  2. “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.”

 Who knew?!

Porcupine fish are also related to our old friend the trigger fish

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The story behind this picture coming soon….

and the enormous Sunfish that can grow up to over 5000 pounds!

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Click here to read more about this gigantic fish

They all coming from the same order:  Tetraodontiformes


Porcupine fish are considered catch-and-release for obvious reasons

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Fishing without rod at sunrise

4 thoughts on “Es Esto…. #3

  1. TINTIN..IS A PRETTY SMART LADY…WOW..IF NOT IT COULD OF BEEN TRAGIC…SHE DESERVES A SPECIAL TREAT….
    MR TOBY SAVED MY LIFE. WHEN HE STARTED TO STUFF ALL THE LOOSE RUGS AND TOWELS UNDERNEATH THE DOOR GOING TO THE GARAGE. I STARTED INVESTIGATING AND SMELLED GAS…..THERE WAS A GAS LEAK COMING FROM THE FURNACE….PRETTY AMAZING …..WHEN I CALLED PSE THEY HAD ME VACATE THE HOUSE IMMEDIATELY…BLESS TOBY’S HEART…NOT ONLY WAS HE A SWEETIE BUT SMART !!
    I KNEW THE PUFFER FISH WAS POISON BUT DID NOT KNOW ABOUT ALL THE OTHER RELATED FISH…PROF. VIKKI ….AMAZING !

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