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Puffer Fish (Northern)

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Sphoeroides maculatus
Puffer Fish (Northern)


Puffer fish are found mostly in tropical waters around the world, but the northern puffer fish is found from Canada to Florida.


They live mostly in shallow waters.

Body Traits

They are tan colored with black spots. Their large eyes are on the top of their heads. They have no teeth but kind of a beak at the end of a pointed snout. They have few fins, no scales and are covered with little spines. They are very poisonous.


They blow up with air and water until they are too big to be eaten by predators.


They use their beak-like mouth and sharp edged jawbone to eat crabs, shrimp, snails, clams and other fish.

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Females lay a sticky mass of tiny, orange eggs that sit on the ocean floor and hatch in just a few days.

Puffer Fish (Northern)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class:     Actinopterygii
Order:     Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus:     Sphoeroides
Species: S. maculatus

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