balloonfish


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Related to balloonfish: porcupine fish
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Noun1.balloonfish - similar to but smaller than porcupinefishballoonfish - similar to but smaller than porcupinefish
spiny puffer - puffers having rigid or erectile spines
Diodon, genus Diodon - type genus of the Diodontidae
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The different English common names reflect the variation in color pattern: Whitespotted Puffer, Stripebelly Puffer, Spiny Balloonfish, and Stars-and-Stripes Puffer.
When threatened, balloonfish take air or water into their stomachs to inflate their bodies to three times their normal size.