Porcupine Fish

The Porcupine fish has an effective form of protection. When threatened, it can puff itself up and stick out sharp needle-like spines. It lurks in cave openings and recesses. Occasionally, it is found in grassy areas. It gets its name from it's long, sharp spines which are usually kept at its side, and are extended only when it inflates its body

Its range is the Caribbean north to Massachusetts, and south to Brazil; the Gulf of Mexico; and occasionally Florida.

Illustration thanks to Paolo Vecchi at the Fish-Watching in the Maldives Web Page

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