Category:Puffer Fish (Saltwater)

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These saltwater pufferfish belong to the family Tetraodontidae, and the spiny pufferfish belong to the family Diodontidae.

Tetraodontidae, or Pufferfish, are the second most poisonous vertebrate in the world. The family contains at least 121 species of puffers in 19 genera. They are most diverse in the tropics and relatively uncommon in the temperate zone and completely absent from cold waters. They are typically small to medium in size, although a few species can reach lengths of 99.1cm (39").

Diodontidae, or Porcupinefish, are closely related to Pufferfish but Porcupinefish have heavier spines (hence the name porcupine) on their body. Also unlike the Pufferfish, they have only a single plate of fused teeth in each of the upper and lower jaws. Porcupinefish are medium to large sized fish, and are found in shallow temperate and tropical seas worldwide. A few species are found much further out from shore, wherein large shoals of thousands of individuals can occur. They will learn to recognise their owner, and will start begging from them.


To see their common names rather than latin names listed below, click here.


Common Name Species Name Image Difficulty Maximum Size Tank Size
Bennett's Sharpnose Puffer Canthigaster bennetti Canthigaster bennetti6679.jpg Challenging 4 in 55 gal
Blackspotted Puffer Arothron nigropunctatus Arothron nigropunctatus3453.jpg Challenging 13 in 100 gal
Blue Spotted Puffer Canthigaster solandri Canthigaster solandri4564.jpg Challenging 5 in 50 gal
Blue-Spotted Puffer Arothron caeruleopunctatus Arothron caeruleopunctatus5557.jpg Challenging 48 in 500 gal
Bullseye Puffer Sphoeroides annulatus Sphoeroides annulatus.jpg Challenging 17 in 150 gal
Caribbean Sharpnose Puffer Canthigaster rostrata No Image.png Challenging 5 in 30 gal
Fugu Puffer Takifugu ocellatus No Image.png Challenging 6 in 55 gal
Grassy Puffer Takifugu niphobles Takifugu niphobles 02.jpg Challenging 6 in 55 gal
Guinean Puffer Sphoeroides marmoratus Sphoeroides marmoratus.001 - Zoo Aquarium de Madrid.JPG Challenging 8 in 55 gal
Hawaiian Whitespotted Toby Canthigaster jactator Canthigaster jactator by NPS.jpg Moderate 5 in 55 gal
Immaculate Puffer Arothron immaculatus Arothron immaculatus, livrée de camouflage.jpg Moderate 30 cm 150 gal
Leopard Puffer Canthigaster leoparda Canthigaster leoparda34537.jpg Moderate 3 in 35 gal
Map Puffer Arothron mappa Arothron mappa6733.jpg Challenging 26 in 250 gal
Masked Puffer Arothron diadematus Arothron diadematus5567.jpg Challenging 12 in 100 gal
Milkspotted Puffer Chelonodon patoca Chelonodon patoca345.jpg Challenging 15 in 150 gal
Narrow-Lined Puffer Arothron manilensis Arothron manilensis3457.jpg Challenging 12 in 100 gal
Oblong Blowfish Takifugu oblongus No Image.png Challenging 16 in 150 gal
Panther Puffer Takifugu pardalis No Image.png Challenging 15 in 150 gal
Papuan Toby Canthigaster papua Canthigaster papua6667.jpg Challenging 4 in 30 gal
Saddle Puffer Canthigaster coronata Canthigaster coronata5839.jpg Challenging 5 in 50 gal
Spiny Box Puffer Chilomycterus schoepfii Chilomycterus schoepfii in Tropicarium-Oceanarium Budapest 08.JPG Moderate 10 in 180 gal
Starry Pufferfish Arothron stellatus Arothron stellatus-3582.jpg Challenging 40 in 300 gal
Stars and Stripes Puffer Arothron hispidus Arothron hispidus7834.jpg Challenging 18 in 180 gal
Tiger Puffer Takifugu rubripes Fugu in Tank.jpg Challenging 31 in 250 gal